After Joel Parkinson's horrific injury to his right foot last week, he's now in full recovery mode. Surgeons successfully repaired sliced tendons and muscle tissue in an emergency operation approximately seven hours after the incident.
According to a report on the local Channel 9, doctors are confident he'll make a full recovery but won't say how long it will take to completely heal. Reportedly, Parkinson was millimetres away from a career-changing injury and the surfer himself was aware of how bad things were after putting his finger in the wound immediately following the wipe out in which he sustained it.
Parkinson will be non-weight bearing on the foot for several weeks and expects to be on crutches for the next four. While the world number eight hopes to be recovered in time for the Billabong Pro Tahiti at the end of August, it remains to be seen if he'll be fully recovered by then.