Achilles issue - Can I still do cardio?

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    May 24, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    For the past four months, I've been doing a pretty extensive workout routine (combined with diet) that's helped me lose over 25 pounds so far. But, over the past two weeks, my left achilles has been really bothering me. I can't be sure what caused it, but I got a brand new car that's manual and have also been running about 3-5 miles per day. So, I think it was a combination of those two things. It could also be not enough stretching, tense muscles, etc...

    Regardless, I went to an orthopedist today and he said I have a swollen/irritated achilles right where the muscle "meets" the tendon. So, he gave me a "heel wedge" for my shoe, told me to ice it twice a day for 30 minutes and take some anti-inflammatory meds. Also, he said no barefoot walking and nothing that would flex that muscle beyond "reasonable" walking for at least two weeks.

    My dilemma is that my routine consists of spin, rowing, running, step mill, and circuit training which involves lunges, squats, step ups, etc... My trainer said we can just do upper body workouts (the three days we train), but I'm panicking that the other three days I'm normally doing cardio, I'll have nothing to do. I'm picturing all my progress over the last four months start to undo itself. icon_sad.gif

    So, besides swimming, is there anything I can do that will burn off some calories? I know I won't maintain the 2-pounds per week weight loss, but I don't want to start gaining either. I haven't gained any weight over the past four months and I've been so proud of that.

    Help please!

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    Jun 10, 2008 1:53 AM GMT
    Heal first... there will be time to do all that stuff later. Most guys try to short change their recovery and end up doing even more damage....

    Listen to your doctor.
  • kew1

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    Jun 11, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    Does your gym have the machines that look like hand operated bikes?
    I used to go to one that had a few people in wheelchairs that used to use them a lot. Not sure how good they are.
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    Jun 15, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    No, unfortunately my gym is more of a "boutique" gym - it's mainly personal training. It's big, but not nearly as big as like an Equinox. So, there's no hand bikes there.

    The good news is I took three weeks off of my cardio all together. And, my trainer just had me working upper body with him. (I also rented a car since mine is a manual and requires my left ankle on the clutch.) My ankle started feeling a TON better with the rest, stretching and ice.

    So, this week I started doing lower body again with my trainer (but nothing lateral) and started back to spin class (sitting only). My ankle hasn't hurt all week, so I decided to try doing the standing parts of spin today. So far so good. Hopefully it stays that way. I got some more supportive shoes, some custom orthotics (apparently I have flat feet which contributed to the issue) and have been doing a LOT more stretching before and after activity.

    I am going to give up on the running for a while though and stick with the bike. Until I get closer to my goal weight, I don't think running is good for my legs/knees/ankles. I mean it helped drop the weight quicker, but if I'm going to have injuries, it isn't worth it.

    Thanks for the help guys.
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:35 AM GMT
    Hey you ain't too bad looking, your specific allocation of DNA has saved your family many a dollar on otherwise consumed porkchops.

    T'is a pity you'll be shot in the foot by a poisoned arrow... you shoulda stopped being a penny pinching tight wad and went for Full Coverage, that's all I gotta say. Cheap ass.