Yesterday, on an easy trail run with a bunch of people, after extoling the virtues of VFF's, within the first half mile I tripped really really really hard on a root. It jammed my toes hard straight back into my foot. I fell like somebody shot me. I kinda heard a snap (or imagined it) and knew I broke something. Finished the run of 4 more miles with increasing pain.
This is the third toe I have broken on my left foot. First the little toe about 13 years ago, when I kicked a packed suitcase before a ski day. Second the next one over, last summer, when I kicked a bench on the pool deck. Now the middle toe. I seem to be working left to right.
This toe is broken very near the metatarsal, which isn't really a good thing. It is painful to walk and to try to curl my toes. I'm icing every few hours. My foot is a bit more swollen today than it was yesterday. This sucks. It was so random, I had been running on trails with the VFFs before, and this trail was easy in comparison to others I had run. Guess I am putting in some long bike mileage over the next few weeks. Not a happy camper. :(
Photo from yesterday:
Icing, right after the run: