Minor Setbacks

All this for the littlest toe . . .

I dislocated and broke my pinkie toe yesterday while rolling.  No idea how I did it–this was totally a freak thing.  It definitely looked a lot worse than it felt.  Leaving your toe bent at a right angle tends to gross people out.  Anyhow the doctor took good care of me and set me up for another X-ray on Monday.  Right now, I’m icing and elevating and showering with a plastic bag on my foot because of the plaster splint.

Injuring my pinkie toe is probably one of the most minor sports injuries imaginable.  There are many famous stories of athletes who “fight through the pain,” and some are fairly drastic–like that of Trever Wikre.  I don’t compete, but I’ll still hate waiting the 3-6 weeks to completely heal.  I definitely feel silly wearing the hard shoe around.  I guess I can somewhat sympathize.

With a little extra time to think, I came to wonder how many minor setbacks are we responsible for when uninjured?  How many little things do we do, knowingly or unknowingly, that keep us from training as hard or as often as we’d really like?   When I sleep in and skip a workout, pig out on bad food, or fail to rest when my body’s telling me to, I realize it’s similar to suffering an injury.  I injure myself with each poor choice I make and hamper my own progress.

This probably sounds overly dramatic, but being hurt brings perspective, I guess.  You don’t realize some of your bad habits until you’re forced to stop and reflect on them.

On another note, does anyone have any advice on how to train around a foot injury?  I’m already getting antsy!

About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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2 Responses to Minor Setbacks

  1. Alan says:

    – Excellent perspective to continually re-asses and look at a situation a new way, a new point of view, to see new opportunities around the corner, and appreciate something that was out site before.

    – Swimming might be worthwhile cross-training. But swimming would depend on how long the plaster cast needs to be on. A month long membership at the YMCA would get you through. Grab a kick board and float through a few laps.

  2. shoheiryuct says:

    Good tip–especially the kick board since I can’t swim! The cast is off, so maybe I’ll give it a try.

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