The doctor suggested that Iwait 4 to 6 weeks for it to heal before jogging. He toldme that if I jogged sooner it likely wouldn't cause permanentdamage but that it would take longer (expect 6 to 8 weeks) to heal. Rightnow it hurts to much to even consider jogging anyway butI really, really want to get back to C25K. I wasfeeling so good about it this time and thrilled thatafter a long time off for respiratory problems and then not being able to get backin the rhythm that I was able to start well into the program instead of havingto start over. Has anyone else had abroken toe? How did it go? How about anyone who badly injured theirtoenail? The whole end of my 4thtoe is in pretty bad shape. I’m tryingreally hard to stay motivated during this setback so any suggestions for thatwould be awesome. Thank you.
I encourage you to think beyond immediate goals to a long-term strategy for a life of fitness. Following your doctor's first advice to wait, is your best chance for leaving this temporary setback behind for good.
While your toe is still going to heal, this is your opportunity to influence how well it heals. In running, little things mean a lot. Extra bone growth at the point of fracture might not mean much to sedentary people unless they are wearing tight shoes, but runners can rub the same spots in their shoes many thousands of times in a single outing.
Make sure you give yourself the best chance of pain-free running in the near term and years from now, by holding back for a couple months. You can probably pick up some non-impact cross-training skills during this time. That will pay off way better than rushing your recovery. I know runners in their 80s who still compete, and there are some out there in their 90s and 100s doing it. That may not sound like fun to most of us, but for them it means as much as that first 5k means to you. When faced with injuries, it is always best to play it safe. Keep that dream alive as long as you can, and save the hurry for racing.
Thank you for the wonderful comment. I saw an orthopedic doctor and discussed my concerns with him. I'm having some pain in my foot and a burning feeling on the bottom of the ball of the foot near my toes. His feeling is that I likly damaged a nerve. They did another X-ray and said I'm healing very quickly. I my skin seems to because after my C-section a doctor I saw for something else seemed to think I was mistaken about when my son was born based upon how clean the scar looked 2 days after I got the stiches out. My doctor commented on it too. But this is the 1st bone I've ever broken besides my nose when I was a teen. I don't remember that healing quickly but I needed to have it reset. The doctor said that he could barely even tell it had been broken. He told me to wait 2 more weeks and see how it felt walking. If it was feeling OK I could try jogging. He told me that the nerve discomfort could last between 2 and 4 months. Adding that by the time 3 weeks from the injury had passed that it wouldn't cause more damage to use the foot and that I could decide how much based upon pain level.
In the meantime he suggested that I try water arobics in a few days. I will take it easy and not push it if I'm having pain. I do want to be in this for the long run (Pun intended) so I am fully prepared to pull back if I need to. I haven't had any foot or toe pain but he told me that I also have arthitis in my toes.