Had first appointment with Musculo Skeletal physio person yesterday. Thankfully no arthritis, so the wear and tear isn't as bad as I'd thought. However, the lateral tendon (hope I got that right) is inflamed and my hip joint bones on both sides are sore because of surrounding muscle weakness, and there's even possibly a bursa. So - result is 12 weeks of physiotherapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles round my hip joints.
This has gone on far too long, as has the problem with my foot. I'm happy that someone is taking me seriously at last and that my future mobility looks waddle free! It's a long way down the line yet, but there's hope and a reason to smile, if only at the thought of me being pushed, pulled and pummelled in every conceivable direction.