Today, I received an email. It was an email devoid of words and only included this photo
Many years ago (about 1996) when we had our first Corvette, I was backing it out of our garage and into our carport. The sides are open with posts that are secured to metal holders which are cemented into a square block. I was very close to one side. Anyway I backed it up and then I got out of the car to close the garage door. I thought that I put it into PARK. Of course the engine was also running.
I shut and secured the garage door and then as I was walking back to the car, it started rolling backwards. The first thing I did was jump head first into the driver's window to try and put the gear shift lever from neutral into park but I think because it was rolling it would not go into park so I tried to pull the emergency brake lever. By now it was rolling backwards a bit faster and was gaining speed.
While I was hanging half out of the Driver's window, my left foot got wedged between the front wheel and one of those cement blocks. I was wearing a flimsy running shoe and it ripped the toe nail completely off my left big toe and stretched my achilles tendon. I could barely walk for weeks. Your achilles tendon will never heal if it gets detached so I have never recovered from this mishap. Once in a while when I am moving my bike around I have to be careful not to put too much pressure onto my left foot or it will stress it again and will cause a couple of weeks of pain.
I also have to be careful to wear loose fitting shoes and if I walk any distance it will start to hurt. It is the same with riding boots. This is why I try not to walk in riding boots very long. Once it starts to hurt then it will hurt for a couple of weeks.
Now I am not prone to accidents but during the same time, during the mid 1990's I was helping a friend move his dad from Vancouver to Abbotsford. I borrowed a truck to move the heavy stuff like chesterfields and other large pieces of furniture which included a very heavy, solid wood shuffleboard table. We got it out to Abbotsford (about an hour+ east of Vancouver) . We were trying to bring it downstairs into the basement.
My fingers slipped and it fell directly onto my right foot. Needless to say I was in pain for a while. Now I cannot be sure if this is what caused my recurring pain or not, but it certainly didn't help
Ever since these two incidents I have found that I cannot wear closed shoes for very long before they start to hurt. Riding boots are okay when I am actually riding but when I stop I cannot walk very far in them so my solution is to change into sandals at the first opportunity or slip ons like Crocs©, or during the summer just go shoeless
This week my right foot started to hurt again so I am limping around. It is a recurring problem that has never healed. Maybe it's just a sign of old age . . . and we have only just started shoe season