It is difficult to stop exercising; however body health is important first...
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I spent several weeks on crutches with a fractured tibial plateau. Honestly......if you fractured it.....STAY OFF OF IT. You can only do more harm than good if you're on it. I know this because I am a former EMT and am also a personal trainer. Now that the lecture is over, here's what I did while I was laid up, working the "good parts" of my body.
My cardio consisted of me hobbling myself from point a to point b at a faster pace than normal on my crutches with no weight on the injured leg. This also built up my shoulders, lats, and pectorals.
Every other day, I hobbled my happy butt into the gym and used the weight circuit, and when it came to leg day, I worked my good leg on just about everything. This kept me from gaining a tremendous amount of weight and also kept me fit.
Once I got clearance from my ortho to be partial weight bearing, I added the recumbent bike to the routine. Mind you, throughout the entire time I kept working on my range of motion so as not to lose anything from that area.
Keep up with your ortho appointments to make sure that everything is healing appropriately. Being weight bearing, you don't want to injure your foot further and end up having to have surgery.
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1,493 6/18/13 7:06 P
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Wow...this is going around! Someone else posted yesterday that they have a broken toe! OUCH!! Wishing you both a quick and uneventful recovery... Here's what I posted for that person.....
You could check out the Seated Cardio videos here on Spark. Some moves require that you stabilize your position with both feet, but you could just skip those.... (I've looked into them because I will be having foot surgery...supposed to have been this spring, but not until this fall now!)
If you have access to a swimming pool, you might be able to do some "water walking", or light swimming, treading water, etc, since the water helps support you....
There is also a Lifestyle Section for Limited Mobility...(under the Articles and Videos Main Menu) that might have other ideas!
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9,362 6/18/13 6:19 P
SparkPeople has several videos that are done seated for people with injuries and/or disabilities. I've actually tried a few just because I wanted to and was very surprised at the workout I got and how much it could get my heart rate going.
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1) Ask your doctor
2) Swimming an option?
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89 6/18/13 3:06 P
I am still walking in stores, but I need some other type of exercise because I have a fractured foot. I do not know if I can take a walk with crutches.
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