This upcoming April 02, it will be 2 years since I broke the bone in the heal of my left foot. This is a bone that the doctors call the 'Calcaneous'. I was walking to my job in Downtown Detroit that particular morning. I was about half way there, when I saw straight ahead of me, one of those annoying Waste Management trucks; the kind that have the garbage dumpster attached. They pick up the full dumpster, and leave the empty dumpster. I knew where the truck was headed. It was going to leave it's dumpster right by the path by which I would be walking. I could have been patient, and waited for the truck to finish its job. Or I could have crossed the street and keep walking. What did I do? In my haste to get to work, and it comes to me now, a bit of insanity, I decided to step off a curb, after the truck picked up the old dumpster, and has backed up. What I didn't consider was this curb was part of a loading dock depression. The step off at that point was nearly 10 inches. I waited until the truck backed up, and stepped off the curb. I lost my balance, and fell flat on my face. As I struggled to get back to my feet, I realized that I could not put any weight at all on my left heel. I ended up that morning calling an Emergency Medical vehicle and going to the Emergency room of a major Trauma hospital, Detroit Receiving, to get an x-ray of my heel. That is when I discovered that my heel bone was broken. I went through a series of casts. For the first time in my life, I used crutches. I used a walker.
I am now walking without any assistance. But my ankle is sensitive. And from time to time I find my self limping. What happened is when I came down on my foot that morning, the force collapsed my arch nearly 50%. When I stand that leg is shorter because of the collapsed arch. That, in turn causes added stress on my left heel when I walk. The ankle is still quite sensitive at times. People that I talk to confirm to my that these injuries sometimes take years to heal. Now, I quite understand what the great English playwright, William Shakespeare said in 'Othello', Act 2, Scene 3:
"How poor are they that have not Patience. What wound did ever heal but by degrees?"
So work to develop patience during your life time. It will pay big dividends.