It’s a common question for athletes of all levels: “Can I still exercise when injured?” The answer is possibly, but this must be done carefully so you do not increase your pain or exacerbate any damage. You can stay in shape with foot and ankle injuries by cross training with low-impact exercises. These allow you to continue challenging your muscles, heart, and lungs, without forcing your feet to absorb hard impacts or shocks. Aerobics, swimming, biking, or other activities that don’t require you to strike the ground, work well for this. Some weight lifting and other strength exercises may also benefit you without adding to your injuries.
If an exercise causes foot pain of any kind, though, don’t continue it. If you’re struggling with an injury, or would like help learning how to exercise or cross train in a foot-safe way, let Dr. Darren Silvester know at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX. See how we can help you recover and stay active. Submit a request online or call (830) 569-3338 to reach us for an appointment.