Injury? What Injury?

When you’re sick, laughter, rest and sleep are the best medicine… Unless if you’re an athlete. Elite or not, they’re a particularly interesting breed. 

While I understand the concept of rest and strive for balance in my training, I must’ve been sitting on my ears when I was told that rehab exercises won’t help my broken bone heal faster. And just because I could tolerate the pain in my foot doesn’t mean I can actually walk on it… That’s precisely how you refracture it. Thanks for leading me on, pain threshold! And yes KG, I do realise bones don’t grow faster just because I’m taking everything from magnesium over tissue salts to krill and so on. I admit I was getting impatient after ten days with a bone bruise and three weeks of healing my broken second metatarsal. Perhaps, single leg balancing exercises on the Powerplate and short 50m walks WERE premature?

Thankfully, my doctor has been very patient with me indeed when a follow-up showed the fracture line through my bone clearly 4.5 weeks into my broken foot. And he had absolutely no problem with repeating everything he said three times over…

“No, no walking.” Me: “And did you say no aquarunning?” “Absolutely not, you know what happened to your foot last time.” “How about cycling? Are you absolutely SURE it will load my forefoot, even if I push through my heel?” “Yes, it will and no, I don’t want you to cycle for two weeks.” “So… How about walking to the bathroom, is that considered walking?” 

At this point my doc started writing down what he proposed I do. Very clearly. In short, concise sentences. Week 1, week 2, etc. Then he got up and demonstrated what he’d like me to do… Including lying on my back and pretending to cycle. It cracked me up. But more importantly, it made me take note. I realised that I had not been guilty of underestimating what was happening in my foot but overestimating how much rehab I could take and how fast it would show effect. I had been doing a great job in keeping muscular imbalances out of my body and strengthening the right calf and foot and loosening it up but that did not mean at all that I should’ve walked on my foot three weeks into it. 

For a little bit of a laugh, check out this video. It’s similar to the “I Am an Ironman.” video I posted a while ago. Athletes in injury mode (or was that denial?) are hi – la -ri -ous.

 

 

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  • In my work as a physiotherapist I meet people like you all the time! I have to be honest though- I am exactly the same when I am injured. I can actually be quoted saying “I am a physiotherapist I know how to not injure myself!” famous last words in a sport like Rugby!!!!!! x

    • solwalkling

      Haha! Yeah well… Pigheaded is what my friend at NSWIS called me. Not determined or driven. Bloody pigheaded. Turns out I’m not that bad though compared to, ahem, some others. Met a dancer on the weekend who trained on broken foot from October til march without seeing anyone about it. Just strapped it up and got on with it. Gold! (don’t do this at home..) ;-)

      • I spent four weeks on a broken foot refusing plaster! I have an unsightly lump on my foot but can’t say I regret it! Thankfully I damaged no ligaments, pure bone injury. Tubigrip and gentle exercise suited me fine, I would concentrate on low-impact thigh, calf and upper body work every day apart from play day. Keeping the weight off the foot does not mean not exercise! I’ll surely be finding you soon Sol, I am applying for work in Australia and if I can get to a Pilates class with you I certainly will!! xx