I have a client who has fused ankle (no dorsiflexion or plantarflexion). She has a doctor’s release to exercise but no plyometric movements or anything that would “bang” the ankle. She needs to lose weight to fit into the wedding dress she bought for her son’s wedding in August. What type of exercises would you do, specifically cardio?
The only thing I might add to Kimberly’s excellent response is to make sure that any cycling exercise is done from heel only on the fused ankle side. If you eliminate any plantar and dorsi flexion, keeping the ankle in neutral, the work on the quads will be sustained. Clip in on the opposite foot to bring in the hamstrings on that leg.
How about swimming? Do you have access to a pool? Great cardio if she works hard enough. And no need for plantar or dorsi flexion.