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N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/17/12 8:26 P

See thread, Broken Leg at Strength Class.
My fitness instructor broke her leg above the ankle and didn't miss one class. She has done full ab/core/sit-ups routine (20 minutes) and then got on the ball for upper body workouts, both chest and back, then added shoulder. She did some leg exercises on the ball, and would do anything except stand on her bad leg.

Now, two months later she does the entire workout except squats and lunges. She has a walking cast.

It can be done. Be creative and resourceful.

FORDIE7 SparkPoints: (66,050)
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12/17/12 8:11 P


Today, I did my first exercise since starting this program Nov. 30, 2012. I had surgery on my foot and was unable to ambulate well. I walked 2500 steps before stopping and did 10 minutes of the pendulum.

This is my beginning. emoticon

DALCANT757 Posts: 152
12/17/12 6:49 P

I would talk to your physician about your desire to return to activity. I'd also look into specific physical therapy for you ankle as it heals. They could also provide you with a general home exercise program that would fit your needs. If the injury you are talking about is a sprain of some sort, a good rehab course can help you prevent future injury to your ankles by improving your proprioception and kinesthetic awareness.

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12/16/12 8:29 P

Hi HUTC0100,

SparkPeople's Registered Dietitian Becky Hand recommends our members suffering from an illness, injury or recovering from surgery to go into maintenance mode until they have been cleared by their health-care provider to resume normal activity. The reason--the body needs calories to heal and recover. If you short-change your calories, you may be potentially slowing your recovery down.

As far as what exercises you can do, you may want to contact your doctor's office as to what exercises you have been cleared to do.

I wish you a speedy recovery!

Coach Nancy

HUTC0100 SparkPoints: (62,004)
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12/16/12 8:17 P

I had broken my ankle before and gained a lot of weight and got to my highest weight because of the immobility and not eating right. I have now recently injured my other ankle and am on crutches. I am terrified of gaining the weight back or losing muscle! I am just wondering if anyone has suggestions on workouts or how to stay motivated with such a hindrance.
Thanks so much!

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