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Options for broken metatarsal (foot) kiteboarding...

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:13 pm
by yakapelli
:cry: I broke my 2, 3, and 4th metatarsals in my right foot while kiteboarding the day before the 4th of July. (Didn't even make it to the fireworks). It happened while riding away from the beach with a small jump to the right and over rotating on the landing just a bit. Instead of sticking the landing, the front edge of my board stuck, my left foot came out fine and my right foot decided to fight the strap binding. SNAP! Both the 2 and 3 were broken and sufficiently displaced and I managed to crush a good part of the 4th. So after surgery (a lot of plates and screws) I've been laid up on a couch for the last 2 weeks wondering about kiting possibilities in the future seasons.

So I've got a couple of questions for all those experienced out there and was wondering if you might have any advice about riding in the future or about a speedy recovery or things to watch out for now that my foot has a lot of metal in it.

Has anyone done this before?
Is riding straps a bad idea for this fall and should I just try skimboard/surfboard/maybe even waxing the top of a bigger twin tip to ride "strapless"? until next season.
Is there any reason my foot got stuck in the strap (the straps were set up for riding with booties and I broke my foot barefoot in the same setup)?
Will all the screws create high stress points and be potential weak spots for kiting the rest of my days?

Any other advice/comments would be greatly appreciated!!! I have been so stir crazy about the thoughts about being off kiteboarding for a whole season.
-Thanks, Forrest

Re: Options for broken metatarsal (foot) kiteboarding...

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:20 pm
by Craz Z
I wouldn't worry about limiting your future in kiteboarding. Injuries are depressing and difficult to deal with no matter where they come from.

I broke my leg paragliding, hurt my knee bad (not bad enough for surgery) off a cliff that I screwed up, slammed in to rocks on ice nearly seperating my shoulder.

Pins and screws will let you know they are there especially in the winter time. It takes time to heal try not to push to hard at first. If your leg is in atrophy it takes time to get the muscle back after sitting on your ass for 6 months.

As far as straps I wouldn't let this scare you. They can twist a leg break one and be bad but if you adjust them properly you should be able to kick out without incident. Full boots can be a good option too. It all has to do with what style of riding intrests you most.

Hang in there and you'll be up kiting again before you know it. Use this time to research and educate yourself on kiting vids, forum chat, and safety so you don't make the mistake again.

My doc said the metal will be stronger then bones alone and bones that break heal stronger then they were before. Do your Physical therapy practice the excersises this can reduce your heal time by a few weeks.

Re: Options for broken metatarsal (foot) kiteboarding...

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:18 am
by FredBGG
Sorry to hear about your injury.

Take a lot of care!

Foot injuries are nasty becasue your feet take a lot of load and weight even doing the most normal things.

I really recommend going strapless for a while and do so with a surfboard.

You need to do this for several reasons.

First of all you will put less load on your feet because you don't need as much power to ride a surfboard.

Second because you will be able to move your feet around so you won't be soliciting the same areas od your feet.

Third becasue riding surfboards is great.

If you can get your hands on an Aviso.
These are hollow carbon fiber boards so the deck and hull have some flex. This will smooth things out and absorbe chop so your feet don't have to do it.
Put nice thick NSI pads on the board.

Look at things from a positive point of view.... the accident will get you onto directionals and skim boards... :thumb:

Get well soon.

Don't abuse that injured foot. Yoyu could end up paying for it dearly when you are older......
remeber you love kitesurfing so you will whant to do it when you are 70 :thumb:

Re: Options for broken metatarsal (foot) kiteboarding...

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:22 pm
by yakapelli
Is there any advice on how to minimize feet getting stuck in the straps? I mentioned before that my straps were adjusted for booties and they didn't feel too loose barefoot. Think that could have made a difference that my feet were too "deep" in the bindings? Foots doing good... I get out of a cast and into a walking boot in 2 days.

Re: Options for broken metatarsal (foot) kiteboarding...

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:33 am
by McKite
Sorry to hear about your injury.

From the description it sounds like you sustained a LisFranc injury - these are particularly nasty jobs that are unfortunately fairly common in "strapped" sports. Generally results from a forced flexion and rotational force applied to a fixed foot.

I had Lisfranc ligament tear with fractures of the 3 & 4th metatarsals in October 2008. Had the maximum amount of displacement that can be tolerated without surgery so my orthopod and I elected for conservative treatment. Was given 9 weeks non weight bearing and 6 mos - a year off the water.

After 6 mos got back to riding strapless in high tops with a custom insert, eventually transitioned to bindings and now after 8 months am riding Cabrinah Syncs which distribute the load over the the entire foot rather than just stressing the mid foot.

Am surprised to hear you are getting into walking boot so quickly, a Lisfranc injury is generally managed with 6-10 weeks of non weightbearing, also atheletes usually require a second surgery to remove the pins as they can shear during stress, causing even more problems.

A Lisfranc injury is a very complex problem, so be careful on who's advice you choose to follow. I have spoke to several kiters who have had this injury and everyone has made it back to the water. However you need to give it ample time to heal - strongly consider seeing a foot specialist.

Good luck with your recovery, give it ample time and you'll be back . Feel free to pm me with questions.

Re: Options for broken metatarsal (foot) kiteboarding...

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:20 pm
by kitkat
I totaly agree with the post above.

Lisfranc injury (the name of your injury) is a rare injury,but seen more and more frequently in kiteboarding (one foot get caught in the footstrap).

It's a nasty injury,with a high percentage of sequella (pain,instability),especially if not recognised rapidly(this injury can be very subtle on x-rays and can easily be misdiagnosed as a "sprain").Your's doesn't seems subtle,three broken metatarsals +displacement is a serious injury.

Usually 6 to 12 weeks of no-weight-bearing cast,then progressive mobilisation.The pins and screws are removed after a few months and not left in place.

You will eventually go back to kiteboarding,but you will have to be patient...very patient.

Good luck.


Re: Options for broken metatarsal (foot) kiteboarding...

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:55 pm
by yakapelli
I got the cast off!! Now in a non load bearing walking boot for another 3 weeks. I checked and double checked with my surgeon about joint and tendon damage and there is apparently none... just three expensive broken metatarsals.