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He’s got a little hitch in his gitalong now, that much is obvious. But how’d it get there? I spent some time with Tim McGraw before his Chicago show on Saturday night (July 16) and thought I’d get some real answers about how he injured his foot.
Because if anyone knew how McGraw broke his foot, it would be McGraw. Right? Not quite. “I don’t know if it happened running or in the part of the show where I jump off speakers. It could’ve happened any number of ways,” he told me. “You know, it hurt for a while, and I kept running and kept working out and kept doing shows. And for a couple weeks, it just kept getting worse and worse, and it finally got to where I couldn’t walk, and it was really swollen.” With some pestering from wife Faith Hill, he said he finally went to the doctor and found out it was broken. “It’s like a green twig break. It started out as a stress fracture, and I kept pounding it, pounding it and pounding it, and it got worse and worse.” McGraw has to wear the corrective boot for four more weeks, but he admitted it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. “I think I’m not taking care of it as well as I should,” he said. Since he counts on running to stay in such good shape, he’s had to make do with other workouts. “I have a machine that’s sort of like an elliptical, but it’s a seated elliptical that I use a couple of times a day. Nothing replaces running, but at least it’s something. And I still work out. I can still lift.” Even when they are in the thick of touring season — and with a broken foot — McGraw makes exercise a priority. “We find a gym every place we go,” he said.