I had a peculiar experience on Dec 30, 2020 that I want to put down somewhere for reference.
Woke up with a slight pinch on top of my right Achilles tendon. I don’t remember if I went to sleep with the last night before or just acquired it that morning. Nothing painful or debilitating; I’m at an age and fitness level where such things are not unusual. Took the dog out as usual and forgot about the pinch although it lingered.
Walked a short distance and my right shoelace came undone. Stopped to re-tie it. Walked a bit more, not even very far. Shoelace came undone again. Thought I didn’t do a good job the first time. Re-tied it. Walked on.
Shoelace came undone again. Now I’m starting to suspect something was up. Stopped to re-tie it, making sure to pull it tighter this time. Resumed walkies.
Shoelace loosened and sat in a very loose knot. I re-tied it while the dog and I were waiting to cross the road, making sure I was doing it properly. We crossed the road.
Shoelace loosened again when we were on the other side of the road.
“Very funny but that’s enough,” I said aloud. “Leave my shoe alone.”
Two things happened instantly and simultaneously:
- The pinch on my Achilles tendon vanished.
- The dog jumped as though startled, raised her right foreleg, and started licking the spot that corresponded with where my Achilles tendon is.
“And don’t bother the dog!” I added.
Dog fussed with her leg for a bit while I re-tied my right shoelace for the fifth time. I kept an eye on her for the rest of the walk but she showed no discomfort.
My shoelace stayed tied for the rest of the walk.