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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