Rocketry and Soccer…

Early in September, I got a injury on my big toe while playing soccer. Well, it wasn't while playing soccer, it was practicing soccer, but those are really the same thing. Actually, to be honest, it was while coaching soccer, which still requires a fair amount of soccer skills.

Okay, so I got kicked by a 9 year old, but she was big for her age.

The result was that I couldn't kick my with my right foot for about a month, which gave me a great chance to improve my off-foot play (which, to be frank, needs a lot of improvement).

Fast forward to about a week ago, when I found that that toenail had fractured 3/4 of the way across. If I didn't do something, it would rip all the way through, fall off, and I would probably miss at least a day of skiing. What I needed was some way to keep it together until it grew out.

That night I got thinking about rocket building, and tonight I spent about 10 minutes adding an epoxy reinforcement to the nail.

I did consider reinforcing it with a bit of fiberglass, but that seemed a little over the top. Perhaps carbon fiber would be a better choice.

Comments (7)

  1. Ken says:

    I "fixed" a nasty 1/4 inch deep gash on my palm (never use a filet knife to slice a bagel. even if all the other knives are dirty) by filling the wound with Neosporin and supergluing it shut.

  2. Chris AUld says:


    That’s what we always usd to used to fix cut fingers and broken (torn off nails) when rock climbing.

  3. Superglue, or cyanoacrylate, has been used for many years in surgery and to seal wounds. So Ken’s decision is sound.

  4. Eric says:

    I tried superglue, but it didn’t work. It was too rigid to work well, and it broke after a day or so.

  5. Hi, I was reading your blogs and I came to a conclusion that you lead a too dangerous life,with toe injury and ski incident. Please slow down a bit or MS will have to limit your getting out 🙂

    We would appreciate more posts since they are allways informative.

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