Clubbed Feet: The Story of Micah Faxon

Micah sent me his story, and I thought about breaking it down into a shortened version, but I think he told it best himself.

Here’s Micah’s story in his words:

My name is Micah Faxon and I was born on February 14th, 2002 and was diagnosed with bi-lateral clubbed feet. It’s a foot disability that causes the feet to abnormally turn inward.

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The first 9 months of my life were spent shaping my feet to as normal as possible and eventually snipping my Achilles tendon to try and fully correct my feet. I’ve had 2 major surgeries in my life so far. The first surgery was in January 2006 when I was 3 years old and the 2nd was in May 2010 to replace a missing bone in my foot that had been literally rubbed away.

Each time I had surgery I had to relearn to walk. Most of my childhood I grew up in Stevens Point, WI. My whole life it’s been very obvious something was different about my feet. I have very small calves that are atrophied, a lot of scarring all over my feet, and I almost always walk with a limp. Everywhere I go people make comments and or fun of my legs behind my back. I’ve learned to adjust and explain my condition to anyone that criticizes me.

During May of 2016 I moved to Melbourne, FL with my family. I started my freshman year at Melbourne High knowing almost nobody. I was invited to come to the wrestling team’s pre-season conditioning and quickly formed a bond with my new teammates. I had been active my whole life, but I could barely run a mile and my teammates immediately stayed with and supported me until I could keep up. Season started and I found a love for the sport immediately.

My coaches and teammates supported me from the start. From my first match I could feel eyes on me the whole time. Much of my wrestling career I’ve felt that pressure, but the more I improved the more I had supporters pushing me to improve. I developed my own wrestling style and mentality that made coaches look towards my matches when I wrestled.

Every practice has come with hardships. There has never been a practice where my feet are not literally pulsing with pain and burning, but it’s forced me to learn to understand pain versus an injury very quickly. Every single day I go home with pain in my feet and I’ve made myself tougher by swallowing that pain and continuing to move forward. When I run I use the sides of my feet and my heels heavily. It can be extremely painful but there is not much I’ve been able to do other than adjust and drive through the pain. I developed the wrestler mentality quickly because of the physical pain I have to go through for just a simple practice.

I never noticed it much, but my coaches told me this. Almost match my opponent would clearly look at my legs and be judgmental towards me. I took that negativity as my drive to prove to everyone that my feet are not a limit on how skilled I can become or how well I can perform.

I’m now going into my senior year and my goal is be the best wrestler I possibly can and improve on my skills so that I can dominate my opponents.

Thank you for reading my story.

Questions for Micah

What has wrestling with a disability taught you about life?

“Wrestling has put everything into perspective for me and my life. I’ve come to realize that I can’t do everything everyone else can. I understood the concept before, but wrestling was a slap into reality.”

Advice for disabled wrestlers?

“The best advice I can give is to find your own style and use your limitations to your advantage. Every single wrestler develops their own style and or move set. Why should we be any different?” 

Favorite success since you started wrestling?

“My favorite success would have to be how I’ve grown and changed mentally. Wrestling has turned me into a more social, confident, and hard-working person. I owe much of my life’s development to wrestling.”

Favorite memory with your team?

“So far, my favorite memory is tied with the time we beat our rivals for the first time in 13 years and going to wrestling camps with my team. The free time we had after each day of a camp is what makes them so memorable.”

Hardest Thing about living with a disability

Many people may think it would be the picking on and targeting me for it, but that is the least of my worries. The hardest part is the physical pain. Most days I feel fine or great, but there are also many moments where I have pulled muscles or it feels like my feet are burning with every step I take. I’ve learned to deal with most of the pain, but it still is not an easy thing to have

Favorite Food?
“I’m a sucker for Philly Cheese Steaks. I’ll order it almost any time I see it on a menu.”

Favorite Hobby Outside of Wrestling?
“Either working on my car or playing videogames in my spare time.”

Favorite Quote?
“A minute of pain is worth a lifetime of glory”
-Pete Zamperini

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