I wrote here about why I take special care of my left knee. In that post, I mentioned how well Birkenstock shoes seem to work for me. I still am a faithful backer of these basically ugly shoes.
Except today they let me down—very quickly.
Because there may be a garage sale in my future, I decided to take every pair of shoes out of the closet, line them on the bed and evaluate. I had shoes from over 25 years ago lurking in the back corners of my closet, as well as high on a shelf. In the process of digging out shoes, I tried a few on, one being my Birkenstock sandals. Maybe because it was cool today, but they were a little loose. I don’t know if that was the reason or because the bottoms are completely flat, but when I stepped on the stool, I slipped, it flipped, and down I went on that left knee. It hurt at the time and still does. I am hoping it is only a pulled muscle.
So many of my friends, even someone who lives right here with me, are having trouble with arthritis in their knees. I have pretty much escaped. Except the left one. I expect I better get back to my exercises to strengthen the muscles around it. A person needs to be smart about these creeping years.