I have had a torn meniscus myself, as well as several clients. We do very light spring tension for footwork on the reformer, as well as the chair. I focus on the pulling in motion using the hamstrings instead of a heavy push out with the quads. Keeping the feet and ankles strong and flexible is helpful as well. I do trotting and use the foot corrector and a half foam roller to rock forward and back on to improve flexibility and balance. Some of them seem more comfortable doing the standing work. I avoid the long springs and feet in straps and just stick with closed chain exercises.
Best to you!
There isn’t an exercise program that can beat aquatic exercise (deep and shallow) for rehab of the legs. Aquatic exercise is an extremely under-utilized program. Maybe this is because so few fitness instructors understand the medium and application of water properties in an exercise program?
I have taken pro and college athletes into the water for challenging workouts. It isn’t just for the injured and elderly. If any of you make it to the Big Island of Hawaii, you should check out my website and get in touch with me. I will gladly take you into the ocean or the Kona pool and open your eyes about aquatic exercise.