Aquatic exercise is my “go to” format for all lower limb restrictive condtions. If your physician clears you to work in the pool, I suggest that you do so.
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Sorry about the injury. The suggestions below should be used ONLY after you check with you doctor and therapist:
a) I like Andrew’s suggestion about swimming. It’s a great way to exercise that doesn’t place stress on the injury
b)The bicycle also sounds good as long as it doesnt bother the ankle.
Hope you get better soon!
if your Dr and Pt allows….you can use a stationary bike placing 90% of the pressure on the uninjured leg…i have done this with a similar injury with the permission of my Dr. Check to see if this works…
Also…with injuries…i have heard a very famous author once said…
“Its not what you lost that counts, but what you have left and what you do with it”!
You can do one legged lunges with your leg up on a bench…tough exercise and helps you get back to all you love to do after you are healed!!
If the joint is stable, then it’s ok to get things moving AFTER you’ve spend a day or so icing it. I’m going to assume it’s the right leg. Find a wall to stand near. Stand on your right leg(again switch if this is opposite). Take you left leg and reach about a foot in front of you, almost touch the ground (or tap). Then go in the opposite direction, so reach your left leg BEHIND you. Then take the left leg and reach about a foot or so to the left. Since you probably had an inversion sprain, I would limit how much you take the left leg to the right, which could cause the ankle to invert due to the to down reaction. Let me know if you want more!