Howdy all. I fence several nights each week at my local club with most of those nights dedicated to 2-3 hours of fairly high level epee and one night exclusively with foil. The foil get together is always Wednesday and the small group that gets together is decidedly less accomplished than the epee groups on other nights. Although, we are still all experienced adults with some foil fluency. In general, one of the owners or trainers joins us and we work on some aspect of the sport (get-away-go, ROW, absence de fer, etc...) for perhaps 45-minutes and then we fence for an hour or two. Last Wednesday was the flèche. One of the fencers wasn't quite getting enough explosion through her front foot/leg so the owner suggested we attempt to lift our front foot (front foot relative to the en garde position) high enough on the launch or step-though such that it would hit our back (non-weapon) hand as we moved forward. I have never attempted that in an exercise and immediately thought to myself "this is a good way to dislocate or break a finger..." and, well, on our second flèche I heard a tremendous crack and I knew my pinky was injured. It's too bad no one took a picture of it as my non-weapon hand pinky was pointing in three directions. I calmly walked over to the instructor and said I thought I had dislocated my finger and at that moment two folks I was fencing with came perilously close to fainting at its sight. I grabbed the ring and pinky fingers together and gently yet firmly pulled outward. Several loud pops came out in succession and my pinky was back in place. Since it was my non-weapon hand I merely grabbed an ice pack and continued to fence. Perhaps an hour later I buddy-taped it to the ring finger. There was considerable swelling and blood on Thursday, but x-rays were negative and I am only sporting a removable split, which is annoying the heck out of me while I type! Needless to say, I won't be attempting that particular exercise again.