I joined the local soccer club at the age of ten and have been hooked on it ever since. I watch the soccer world series every year and stay up late even if I have to work the next day. I forget about everything during this time of year – I’ll forget my girlfriend exists and all I’ll think about is soccer. Anyway, I still play in the club but I got a really bad injury in my foot last year. It hurt like hell. I had to go to the podiatrist and ever since then my foot has just never been the same. Sometimes the pain is triggered again when I play soccer. I need to be careful with it but that’s kind of hard to do when you’re running around the field trying to kick a ball. Luckily I don’t have to travel far for podiatry. Cheltenham has a clinic right near to me.
The podiatrist are really nice and knowledgeable. They lightly admonished me for being careless with my foot — they just want the best for my health. They introduced me to this thing called orthotics which is where they give you little bits and pieces to support the foot and lower leg, especially after sports injuries like mine. They did a biomedical orthotics assessment, which is a fancy way of saying they analysed the way I walk and the nature of my overuse injury. It was amazing. I’m so glad I discovered orthotics in Cheltenham.
Yeah the foot still hurts when I’m rough with it but the orthotics really helped me a lot. It’s my fault for being fanatical about soccer. My girlfriend hates my soccer obsession, especially cos I’m too tired after playing with the boys and her birthday happens to coincide with the World Series. You’d think all the adrenaline would kick in at that time of year and I’d want to be with her more, but no.