Foot injuries can be very frustrating, as often the advice from medical professionals centres around rest and elevation.
It’s important to follow doctor’s orders, but what happens to the rest of your body when you’re spending weeks at rest? Don’t let a foot injury cost you conditioning and fitness. You can work out when recovering from foot injury. Here’s how.
Upper body workouts
You may not be able to run, but you can still get your heart rate up and maintain tone in your arms with some upper body cardio and strengthening exercises.
Work out when recovering from a foot injury by doing arm raises. Extend them to the sides then raise and lower them for 10-15 reps.
You can also do this with your arms out to the front. If you want to raise your heart rate, move them quickly. If you want to maintain strength you could add some weights and perform your usual upper body strengthening work.
Even pumping your arms in a running motion will help to preserve your muscle tone, especially if you’re a runner.
This will depend on your level of mobility but it’s worth including here. You can lay on the floor and rest your calves and feet on a chair or bench. Try doing some crunches from this position.
You may need to lower your legs to the floor to make it more comfortable.
Much abdominal work can be done without placing any weight on the feet or ankles, so it makes for a good option if you want to work out when recovering from a foot injury.
Push ups and planks
Continue to focus on your arms and core by trying modified push ups and plank exercises.
Both exercises can be performed while using the knees, rather than the feet as the anchor point.
Experiment with your hand placement to stress different muscle groups.
Lay on the floor on your side with your legs stacked on top of each other. Lift your leg slowly and lower it back down. Repeat for both legs.
Start with a small number of reps to begin with, and ensure your foot injury is well stabilised before attempting it.
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The best insoles and socks for recovery from a foot injury
First of all, never start training too early and when starting do it gently. If you feel any pain during your training STOP. Whether you are recovering from an injury or surgery the important thing is to reduce the shock going into the foot.
The perfect device for this is the Comfort full length insole because of how the material reacts under the foot and with 44% shock absorption, this should make you feel better under the foot.
If you feel you also need stability and perhaps suffer from cramp a combination of the comfort full length insole and Enertor recovery socks are the perfect choice.
If you have had back or hip operation we would urge you to reduce the shock in the affected area with the comfort full length insole.