A Starfish or actual a Sea Star as they are often called (since they are not really fish but animals) has the ability to regenerate an amputated limb.
- First it must first undergo a repair phase to heal the exposed wound.
- Once the wound is healed, the sea star can begin to generate new cells, which in turn, sparks new growth.
- Regeneration can take anywhere from several months to years.
- Cell proliferation that results in the growth of the new limb occurs in the final phase.
- If the final phase is interrupted, the resulting new limb may be deformed.
So what does a Sea Star have to do with my broken foot?
No, my foot has not been amputated. But I cannot use it. It is useless.
- First, my foot must go through the repair phase to heal the broken bone.
- Once the bone is healed, I can slowly place weight on the foot.
- Slowing I will be able to walk, bike, run short distances, play tennis…
- Returning to running form could take weeks to months.
- Increasing speed and distance while running pain-free is the final phase.
- If I am not patient and run too soon, too fast, too long or ignore any pain, the result may be a stress fracture or another injury. My return to races and tennis will be interrupted.
When I was cleaning out a jewelry box, I found this star fish necklace. It is just costume jewelry (not even sterling silver) but I am wearing it in hopes that my running will get regenerated at some point in my future.