- Dec 12, 2021
Best wishes nedsurf for a speedy and complete recovery. I have injured my toes a few times but your description brought back a late Fall session with friends after an end of season hurricane. Minor injury by comparison to be sure. The water temperature was just cold enough to require booties but I had left mine at home. I recall getting stuck in the lip of a DOH wave and tried in vain to drive the nose down the face. I slid my left foot as forward as I could slide it and forced as much weight as I could transfer to my lead foot. I hadn't noticed that in the cold water I'd lost all feeling my toes and was unaware that I had rolled my next to the big toe under the ball of my foot and when I stomped down my toe snapped. I recall feeling this kind of breaking a soggy nacho feeling but nothing else. Of course, I got rolled around in the shorebreak and made my way to the beach. Still nothing until I put my weight on it and the sand twisted the floppy end of my toe in every direction. I fell to my knees and then tried to walk on my heel but that would just sink deeper into the sand until the flaccid toe was pushed around again. I crawled on my knees back to my truck, drove home and taped the now craneberry colored toe to my big toe. I was reminded with every step how easy it is to take for granted when all systems are running freely. It sucked and is no where near the ordeal that you are fearlessly overcoming. My prayers go to you for a quick and thorough recovery and I wish you all the best. By the way, on the bright side, I now can guess pretty well when it's going to rain thanks to my repaired bony barometer.Age doesn't always come at you with a lack of strength or flexibility, I'm actually good on those. Last year I was running on hard sand, felt a strain in my forefoot. The next time I felt it was a few days later when bodysurfing as I pushed off the sand to get the last little 20 foot ride onto the sand. Like someone shot me through the foot. Some kind of tendon tear (capsulitis and metatarsalgia were mentioned) in my forefoot, that along with my long standing Morton's Neuroma pretty much crippled me. Doc wanted to either put me in a cast or a boot, I went for working on footbed alterations and conservative self healing. For the past year I have been getting healed to the point that I can walk on sand again without re-injuring the foot. Now at a point where I can get back in the water. Podiatrist says it is combination of trauma and just a lot of miles. Hoping for the best, will be prone for a least the near future, mats and body surfing and no hard push-offs that stress the forefoot.