Fractured Ankle: What can I do while healing?

  • Neon_Dreams

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    Oct 04, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    I was running late for work and broke my ankle when I stepped on an uneven piece of city sidewalk. I'm wearing a special padded boot and I'm on crutches too. My doctor says I should be on my feet in 2-3 weeks.

    In the meantime, what exercises can I do to keep the belly from growing. I have a huge appetite, as always, and my cardio levels have dropped drastically. Walking on the crutches seems to exhaust me, but I am increasing the time on my crutches everyday since the injury (Saturday).

    Any advice???


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  • LJay

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    Oct 04, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    Situps, crunches, isometrics, very careful diet?

    Ask the doctor about how doing such things would affect you. It may be best to take it easy for a while to let your body concentrate forces.

    Sorry to hear about the ankle!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 05, 2012 8:22 AM GMT
    you can do one legged elliptical. Not as hard as you might think, unless you have weak upper arms.icon_idea.gif
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    Oct 05, 2012 9:42 AM GMT
    ONLY what your physician said you can.
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    Oct 05, 2012 10:16 AM GMT
    Hire a personal trainer to help you and drive your workout. Did it while healing from a ruptured Achilles. Had a blast and the trainer was very creative!
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    Oct 05, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    I am in a similar situation as you. I have POSSIBLE torn ACL and torn meniscus. Wrecked my knee this past Monday. Doc says the tears are very minor IF they are there. (MRI this coming Tuesday... wish me luck!) I can pretty much walk on my leg using a knee immobilizer and am getting a more compact brace for when I hit the gym this weekend, but I definitely am seeing some issues with cardio just like you. (my leg workouts will favor one side for a while! icon_biggrin.gif)

    But any other suggestions would be appreciated!
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    Oct 05, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
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  • Montague

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    Oct 05, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    bench!
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    Oct 05, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    look at your diet.

    And donĀ“t whine about it.
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    Oct 05, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidWhat can I do while healing?
    Me.
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    Oct 05, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Paul will come over and grope you until he comes on your shin.
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    Oct 06, 2012 12:27 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidPaul will come over and grope you until he comes on your shin.
    You forgot to mention my come has healing powers.
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    Oct 06, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    If you have access to a pool there are a number of exercises you can do such as:
    lap swimming
    Aqua jogging (with a floater belt)
    Straight leg raises in the water
    Using water dumbbells to work upper body.
    Otherwise, focus on exercises you can do especially compound movements that work more than one body part:
    bench press
    rows
    pull ups
    Good luck.
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    Oct 06, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    I reduced my diet and used the rowing machine when I suffered a similar fate.
    I just let my casted foot rest on the floor and rowed with one leg. It kept me in decent shape until I could start moving again.
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    Oct 06, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    Let your food intake become one with your physical activity. There's much to learn in nutrition and lifestyle changes to gravitate to.

    I broke a metatarsal back in 2001. Being aware of the physical aspect of myself was quite hightened. My waking-sleep cycle got way off track. I didn't have much to do but learn a civilization game. So, 4am at night I was trying city planning, building mines, building huts and roadways, creating jobs for immigrants to grow my city.

    Back then, I was singing. One can do breathing excercises until one sweats.You can also do Qigong, and bicep curls. I remember having to strengthen muscles and balancing for using crutches--balancing because I had to deal with steps at my apartment.

    I think my underarms got stronger because I wasn't used to picking myself up by the underarms on crutches. I think I tried to move the weight from off the crutches to the bottom of the triceps. What is the correct way--a combination of both?
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    Oct 06, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    I say treat yourself, eat everything and get fat. It will be super fun and enjoyable plus when you get out of the cast you'll have a new project to work on, getting fit again. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 06, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    StephenOABC saidLet your food intake become one with your physical activity. There's much to learn in nutrition and lifestyle changes to gravitate to.

    I broke a metatarsal back in 2001. Being aware of the physical aspect of myself was quite hightened. My waking-sleep cycle got way off track. I didn't have much to do but learn a civilization game. So, 4am at night I was trying city planning, building mines, building huts and roadways, creating jobs for immigrants to grow my city.

    Back then, I was singing. One can do breathing excercises until one sweats.You can also do Qigong, and bicep curls. I remember having to strengthen muscles and balancing for using crutches--balancing because I had to deal with steps at my apartment.

    I think my underarms got stronger because I wasn't used to picking myself up by the underarms on crutches. I think I tried to move the weight from off the crutches to the bottom of the triceps. What is the correct way--a combination of both?


    I was about to get into the shower when it occurred to me one might not have discovered the world of breathing exercises from singing or other discipline.

    There was a warrior book back in the 80s and a book here or there on Zen...

    I always did my breathing exercises with a metronome.

    Inhale count 4
    Hold count 16
    Exhale count 8 (blow or s sound)

    Variation: standing up, on knees, lying down (opera singers sometimes have to sing staged all kinds of ways)

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    Oct 07, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    I am reading an article in the latest Men's Journal magazine. A guy fractured his ankle skating in the 70s. He went on a fast to lose weight and also to totally heal the ankle. Pick it up and read his experimental diet. I don't know if I believe everything but he has best seller books and he is a doctor. I think his last name was Faulkner or something. He was a competitive figure skater paired with his sister in the 70s.