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Are there workouts that you can do with a broken foot?

Asked by snowyowl_ecs (417points) September 25th, 2010 from iPhone

Last December I broke my foot which led to nerve damage. I still have to wear an air cast and I can’t do a lot of walking. I go to physical therapy which helps me move and work the muscles in my leg. Because my activity has been significantly lessened, I’ve gained about 30 pounds. I’ve not changed my diet, and i consider myself to be a healthy eater. Before I injured myself I was a fairly active person. I never really worked out, but I walked about 10 miles every week at the park with my dog. I was in relatively good shape, but now not so much. I was wondering if there are any exercises that could help me lose weight without having to use my injured foot.

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snowberry's avatar

Any exercise that gets your heart rate up should work. Ask your physical therapist what you can do at home to accomplish this. Also, If you were to push yourself around all day in a wheel chair, that would surely help…(grin!)

snowyowl_ecs's avatar

I was actually in a wheel chair for about a month and a half. That’s when I gained most of the weight and it surprisingly didn’t tone my arms at all. Lol.

snowberry's avatar

I’m talking workouts in the wheel chair…Like “strolls” around town, shopping, etc.

Pandora's avatar

Can you do sit ups?
If you can move from the waist up than put some music on and dance from the waist up. As a teenager I remember work up a sweat doing that when my feet hurt to much to actually go out on the floor.

Coloma's avatar

Do laps across your house on your knees.

You can go pretty fast! lol

krose1223's avatar

Swim and only use your arms. You could even get on a floaty to be extra safe about not using your foot.
Pilates you could do lying down. You might have to modify certain moves but there are lots of pilates you can do without standing.

gondwanalon's avatar

If I were in your situation, I would workout far harder (daily) than I did before my accident. There are many exercises that you can do such as: swimming, sit-ups, push-ups, leg-lifts (while flat on your back), pull-ups, roll-outs (with a wheel) and weight training (upper body, and also leg weight training such as quad extensions and hamstring curls). If you are don’t know much about what I’m talking about then join a fitness club, I’m sure that the experts there will be happy to help you. Also concentrate first on building up your strength and fitness. Your weight loss goal should be a secondary consideration. Good luck and good health to you.

deni's avatar

I only broke my foot a few months ago and had to have surgery, but it doesn’t seem like it was as bad as yours. I’m mostly back to normal, still can’t run, play tennis, anything extremely strenuous, and if i do too much at any given time or even sit the wrong way, my foot gets sore. But the one thing I’ve found that doesn’t really bother it is bike riding which is good because i do it every day. and if it does hurt my foot i just use the heel rather than the toe area (which is the part i hurt) to pedal. it seems to be fine. and that is awesome exercise. BUT when i go up hills and i have to stand up to pedal, it can get a little funky. luckily its flat here so i dont need to do that often.

Moegitto's avatar

It’s not soo much of the look yet, still too much fat to worry about. Only the scale, I wanna see how hard I’ve been hittin the gym. Drinking cranberry juice right now…

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