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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:09 pm 
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Last weekend I busted my foot up and after coming here for advice learned I needed like 10 days off before slowly ramping back into training. I am on day 7 of not doing jack, and it is starting to cause me to lose sleep.

I am so bored and goofy from not doing anything all day that I can't go to sleep till like 2 in the morning. But I still need to get up early to take care of business (doesn't that sound legit).

Now I am thinking that taking it easy to heal is causing me to lose sleep, and losing sleep will cause me to not heal up soon. This reminds me of when I was 16 and needed a job to get a car but couldnt get to work cause I didnt have a car. WTF

It has been seven days and I am just about walking normal again. Can I do some sort of easy aerobic work and see if it will help me get to sleep at night, or do I need to continue on the path of least resistance for a few more days?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:55 pm 
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Take this advice with a grain (or two or three) of salt (I am NOT A DOCTOR), but I would say that you could return to exercise as long as you are not experiencing pain or associated swelling. I would think riding a stationary bike or possibly rowing would be ok. The thing you want to look for is swelling after you exercise. I would also imagine you could do some upper body strength training without irritating your foot. Remember, patience is a virtue!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:30 pm 
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Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be able to do some light aerobic training, and certainly as much uipper body or core exercising as you wish. Soft tissue and bony injuries can often take 4 - 8 weeks to heal at the cell level, and returning to high strain or high impact activities too early can cause re-injury or dramatically slower healing.

Just work on different body parts, and if you absolutely must get some cardio in then go for a swim or find a gym that has a hand-bicycle (paraplegics often use these to get a cardio workout....think of spinning the pedals with your hands). It's a VERY deceivingly hard form of cardio.

Be patient and just find other things to do...the better your injury heals the first time, the less likely you are to have future problems with it.

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