I have a history of smashing things on my body up pretty badly, below the knee particularly.
Both my ankles have been rebuilt – tore all the ligaments in my left ankle in high school gym class, surgery to reattach them. Shattered the right ankle opening night of Charlotte’s Web – surgery, 7″ plate and 7 screws now hold it together.
Have/had Osgood-Schlatter disease in my right knee and now osteoarthritis. Left knee is iffy too.
And… I have had my feet smashed and crushed many times by our horses as I wore thongs out to the barn in the summer and they liked to step on my toes. Both little toes were broken repeatedly. I also had a tendency to smash my feet into walls and corners as I walked by them.
Last night I had a relapse – as I was walking from the kitchen to the living room I smashed my bare left foot into the wooden claw-foot of an armchair… OMFG… the pain was intense. I hit my little toe, HARD. I was carrying a large water-glass and there was no way I was going to spill it so I kinda did this hopping dance, while yelling in pain, and tearing up. I managed to set the glass down but couldn’t feel my foot at all.
It took about 10 minutes until I could manage to wiggle any toes. And several hours until I could move the baby toe at all. I still can’t bend the baby toe.
I was worried about work as I am on my feet my entire day, but luckily my shoes did not put any pressure on my toe and walking was fine. I just have to be really REALLY careful not to put any pressure on the toe.
As I do like to take photos of bruises… here is a photo essay of “Shannon’s Left Toe” starting at 4 hours post-impact and ending with 24 hours post-impact.