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Low-Impact Exercise for Stress Fracture Recovery

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So the bad news is that the stress fracture you’ve acquired is going to reduce your activity for a bit. If it’s around the time of an annual event like the New Haven Road Race, odds are good you’ll have to sit it out this year. There’s still a silver lining, though: in most cases, recovering from a stress fracture doesn’t mean you have to cease all activity entirely. There are still things you may be able to do as your bone works back up to full strength.

First, though, let’s be clear: it’s best not to start up any kind of activity unless you get the professional go-ahead to do so. You don’t want to risk prolonging your recovery time or making things even worse.

There are two go-to exercises often considered when recovering from a stress fracture: cycling and swimming. Both take weight bearing out of the equation and have low to no impact on the feet. The adjustable resistance of cycling is good both for those who want to keep up endurance and cadence as well as strength train. Swimming provides gentle resistance and can require a surprising amount of coordination and technique to do well.

The pool could also be utilized for deep water running, in which a foam belt is worn and the motions of running are performed in the deep end. For concentrating on other muscles, or the same muscles in different ways, cross training with a rowing machine can also be helpful.

The keys to recovering from a stress fracture is to keep stress off the area and stop doing anything that causes pain. Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery can help you come up with the perfect plan to stay active while you heal. Give either of our two offices a call for an appointment: (203) 288-4055 in Hamden or (203) 876-7736 in Milford. 
Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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