How do I prevent injuries in my toes while kickboxing? Specially the big toe and the small one?
I have heard about taping but is there a strengthening exercise to prevent injury or such? If you suggest taping I'd like to know specifically how.
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Without the use of foot padding (like boxing gloves), there's no way to build muscle around the toes to prevent bone-to-bone injury - either causing jams, breaks, sprains, etc. This includes the many bones on top of the foot. You can tape the toes together to build support from prior injuries - but that's it. There are some systems that emphasis using the ball of the foot instead of the top or toes, but even the practitioners of those systems have the same (but reduced) injuries.
I would recommend starting slow and light with the contact and working your way up over time to build timing needed to reduce the bone-to-bone contact (any part of the body) and mental conditioning when it does occur.
If the point is bracing the toes on the occasions of heavy martial arts, the support and lack of mobility will be protective against breaks. Over long periods of time this will weaken the muscles around the toes however.
I could be wildly wrong, but I don't think there's much to do. I would be wary of taping them unless (and even if) an instructor had a specific method. Your best course of action is boring:
That's been my experience.
Hey alright just yesterday I had the same problem train karate and hurt myself acouple of times , so I thought maybe become stronger I started doing mauythai a few weeks back (about 1-2) anyway my instructor told me to front kick the pads ( this mauythai pad was hard) anyway soon as I front kicked it incorrectly it hurt like hell but I still trained it hurts still but not as much. Now always check where you hurt yourself (my case I strained my left toe next to the big toe) so I found out if you rest and where thick shoes that put pressure on your toes so like school shoes something that's thick not loose see the doctors just in case if it's sprained, strained, broken , fractured, so the doctors said to me to rest for the day don't train and apply this cream VOLTAREN EMULGEL so 3 times a day ( so basically I hit the pad incorrectly ) And some answers I'm seeing have a point ( do toe excercise because pulling back your toes for a front kick and isn't fully back) your gonna get hurt , anyway so take my advise also ( the sports is kids do is LEATHEL and another reason we get hurt often is if where skinny and young ) my case I'm skinny yet fast and strong with kicks and punches- remember STRETCH, DRINK WATER Atleast everyday - Don't back down when your about to hit the pad/ bag hard do not back out thinking your gonna get hurt because that always turns into pain a lot of pain You get hurt you get hurt that's kickboxing/ mauythai / boxing for you -