Nine months or so after I first noticed the bump on my Achilles' tendon I'm finally walking normally again.
I carried two coffees to a table at a cafe and then walked back for napkins. That's when I noticed something strange - my hips were moving, and I was distributing my weight evenly on both feet. I was actually putting one foot in front of the other. In other words I was walking like a woman.
I hadn't realised how walking properly affects self-esteem because it's just something we do. But limping along these past few months had literally and psychologically been a drag. Then, just like that, from one moment to another I could move freely again with no pain or stiffness and it felt fantastic. I swear I bounced along for the rest of the day, chin up and chest out.
I'm sure that in a couple of days I'll be taking it for granted again but right now I'm saying look at me I have the sexy walk back.