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Old 11-12-2017, 06:05 AM   #1
Dojo: Shoheijuku Aikido, Fukuoka
Location: Fukuoka
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 109
Unhappy I broke a toe.

5 weeks ago I had my middle toe pinned at the hospital after breaking it in training. My training partner went to do irimi, but on the wrong side of me, so my foot went straight into the front of his calf.

The pin was removed a week ago, but a month not using much of the muscles in my left leg has left me feeling like the last 2 years of my training has evaporated. Other than stretches, rehabilitation massage, and exercises like squats, I have begun, slowly (very slowly) doing taisabaki, and sat in seiza again for the first time today. I probably wont be back to normal for another few weeks, especially as my toes are still swelling up.

It's quite depressing, all the more so because just before the accident, I had solved a long-standing issue that turned out to be muscular rather than a joint problem, and could train and receive ukemi more easily. Not to mention I was looking forward to doing a demo at one of the embukai that frequently occur here.

Any suggestions on how to deal with the swelling would be welcome.

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Old 11-12-2017, 07:45 AM   #2
Walter Martindale
Location: Cambridge, ON
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 748
Re: I broke a toe.

Patience... Having the pin removed implies (to me) that you've had surgery.

If you just had the pin out a week ago your skin will still be recovering from being opened up. Give your body a chance to heal.

When you're not on your feet, try to manage situations so that your healing foot can be elevated.

After a lot of sports time doing the "suck it up" thing, I've learned that I should have given a lot of little injuries more time to recover before returning to full-on training. Almost everything hurts, almost always.

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Old 11-12-2017, 03:24 PM   #3
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 701
Re: I broke a toe.

Sorry to hear that. It sounds like one of those freak accidents that happens from time to time. I don't have any specific recommendations for swelling. I had "bee venom balm" recommended to me after I tore a tendon in my finger a while ago, and I used it, but I have no idea about whether it helped much. It's really hard to do a controlled experiment with that sort of thing. I also had some stuff prescribed by my doctor at that point, but I don't remember what it was, and again, I have no idea about how much it helped.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:21 PM   #4
Dojo: Aikido Club of American Samoa
Location: American Samoa
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 129
American Samoa
Re: I broke a toe.

Rest, ice, elevate; don't overdo it when you train. As said before, let your body heal. Keep your ki polished.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:36 PM   #5
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Dojo: Allegheny Aikido, Pitsburgh PA
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 935
Re: I broke a toe.

Listen to your Doctors and give your body time to heal.

I have been sidelined and slowed down by a number of injuries over the past 9.5 years of my training. The worst was when I tore a meniscus just two weeks before my 4th kyu test. It delayed the test by a couple of months and I was not 100% on that knee for the best part of a year. It was depressing to not be able to train for 2 months but I went to the dojo anyway and watched. You can get a lot out of watching the class. Sometimes you see things you would not have noticed otherwise.

Over the years I;'ve broken a toe, broke my foot, torn a meniscus and had any number of sprains and strains. Mainly not aikido related.

Keep in mind that aikido is a lifetime study and this little set back is just one of many you will likly face. Don't rush the process.
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