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Recovering from an Injury with Patience and Positivity

Ever since I broke my little toe joint at the end of last June, my exercise hasn’t been what it should be – AT ALL. I had to wait for the darn toe to heal and that took the entire summer.

A bad injury but a lucky break

It was a bad break in the little toe joint. The type of break that resulted in my little toe permanently never laying flat on the ground again. My doctor told me that when I was first examined, but 5 months later, it still bums me out. According to my doctor, the break could have easily extended into the other 26 bones of the foot, requiring immediate surgery. Breaks similar to mine usually did, but mine did not. I was lucky! And I keep reminding myself of that.

Exercising post injury

Anyway, exercise has been minimal. I’m a fast walker, even with a broken bone, and that didn’t help. I swam in July and August and that made me feel better. I’ve been watching everything food-wise, so I haven’t gained any weight, but I’m not a fan of how my weight has redistributed. I went to physical therapy for 2 months and it helped, but my little toe still feels weird and it could take up to 18 months until all the swelling goes down and to feel “normalish” again.

Recovery plan

Ironically, none of my issues have to do with diabetes, but diabetes adds to my worries. It’s frustrating, but I’m doing my best to do what my physical therapist said.

  • Be patient – which is not easy
  • Practice mindfulness – again not easy for me
  • Add more steps to each workout
  • Do daily exercises to stretch my hip, leg, and foot muscles
  • Focus on the positives instead of the what-ifs

I’ve decided to take a spin class for beginners, and I’m hoping I can get as much out of it, or more, that I did from my long walks. I’m focusing on one day at a time, one step at a time, and not giving up!

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