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You just want to be careful not to do too much too soon. I'm assuming pain means you weren't quite ready for that activity.
Wow, that's a good question that I don't know the answer to. It would seem to make sense to do cardiovascular things like swimming, biking etc that don't pound your foot but build up your lung capacity. It would also be good to walk as tolerated to gradually recondition your foot. I'm guessing the hiking didn't hurt because your hiking boots were providing good foot support whereas your walking shoes didn't have as much support. Were you wearing different shoes for hiking and walking?
Kay from Tennessee
I'm a beginning runner in the truest sense -- I started running this summer for the first time in my life. After a couple months, I was at a point where I could comfortably jog 5K.
Then I went on vacation and broke my foot in Bangkok.
When I went to the doctor, he slapped a crutch boot on my foot and told me I couldn't do any kind of exercise until it came off, about 6 weeks later.
Well, the boot is finally off and my foot is 80 percent healed. Doc said I can hike, bike, walk and swim, but running is still a no-no for another month.
It's depressing how quickly I fell out of shape. I did a fairly easy hike last weekend and was red-faced and wheezing by the end of it. But I do want to keep exercising now, so when it comes time to run again I'm not back at square one.
As far as walking goes, distance hurts my foot. I walked four miles this morning and my foot was achy at the end, so that's out. However, hiking doesn't make my foot hurt at all. Neither does going up and down stairs.
That's my long-winded way of getting to this: What kind of exercises should I do now to help my running later? Should I focus on walking hills? Should I try to do some kind of combo of biking, hiking and swimming?
Any exercise should help get me back on track, right?