to me it sounds like you may be using only your elbows to pull yourself. i would suggest trying to use your entire forearm from fists to elbows to pull yourself. i also wear ankle supports (mostly because i have arthritic ankles, but also because they protect my insteps from mat burn during mat pulls.) i try to keep my toes just off the mat, but if i keep my feet off the mat, then sensei notices and yells at me :)
Don't you use your feet for those?
looks like some people do, but at my dojo we don't
Of coarse the injury occoured because I was to proud to be beaten by the young fellas at the club, so I went as fast as I could, sacrificing my personal safety...but I won!
The use of the feet is also frowned upon at our club, but I might put in a bit of toe action when no one is looking
Returned to judo after a summer lay off to become a cage fighter
After the class I noticed that I had skinned three knucles!
Twas sore for days
Nice thread I am starting Judo for the first time this Friday.
Take it gradually. If you go into a club and they throw you into randori (sparring) right away then reconsider training there.
I had a student who was a very gifted professional piano player. As in playing gigs with well known jazz musicians in New Orleans, as well as being an attorney. He was a brown belt. He eventually gave up Judo because of worry over his hands.
How about hyperextension from arm bars? I got a bad elbow injury from being too brave against an arm bar - not great :(