Limited mobility and exercise

By Nell65 Latest Reply 2010-07-27 20:16:57 -0500
Started 2010-07-26 15:01:05 -0500

Good afternoon!
Just found this site-good stuff reading here. Here's a bit about what's going on. I've had Type 2 since 1998. I fell in Feb. 09 on black ice and suffered a trimalleor fracture with partial dislocation-broke the ankle in 3 places and dislocated it. They didn't put pins and plates in because lucky me-my BS spiked immediately due to the stress of the injury to 300! It was only 92 when I left the house. So they fixed it the old fashioned way-set it and hope for the best. I could have lost my foot/leg due to the high BS and infection risk.

Fast forward to now. I have limited motion in the ankle-it doesn't flex and is locked. I can't run-never will again. I have been given the go ahead to exercise again. I am getting on the bicycle tomorrow to take it around the block-I've been in our pool this summer(that makes my ankle feel SO much better). What other means of things can I do-I was doing some gym stuff for upper body for a bit-but being it's nice out-I hate being inside. Til I find a job again(lost that due to this since it's my right foot and I drove a school bus). So this is my new line of work-get me healthy. Any suggestions on what to add? I have bad balance on that foot-I've got PT exercises for that.

Thanks for any advice!

6 replies

Nell65 2010-07-27 20:16:57 -0500 Report

They have a water exercise class at the gym I go to-I'll have to check the times for it. Water really relieves some of my stiffness issues with the foot/ankle. It's all atrophied. And the pain is better then too. The other stuff I can do at home-good ideas. Thanks for the tips-these are great!

RAYT721 2010-07-27 20:07:38 -0500 Report

Our YMCA has a heated pool for year round water aerobics. And don't put down the 10 minute treadmill walks… it more than 0 minutes. Ask your body's permission to do other kinds of exercises like stretching, situps, pushups, leg lifts, etc. Anything you do is more than doing nothing. Keep it up!!! Don't try pushing yourself for a triathlon. Know your limits and stick within them. Also remember weight loss is a combination of exercise and diet. Drink alot of water, practice portion control, count carbs, etc. Start small and think big!

Nell65 2010-07-27 20:03:23 -0500 Report

Thanks for the warm welcome and encouragement! I like the idea of the recumbent bike for use when I can't get outside. I have a treadmill-but can only tolerate a 10 min walk at 2mph-that's not going to burn much for calories. I'll also check my gym to see if they have one. Thanks again!

gregsteele 2010-07-27 09:06:53 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC you have found the greatest group of people you ever will if not for the support ive gotten here id be lost good luck and again welcome love to all GREG

Harlen 2010-07-27 05:13:44 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
boy do I know how you feel its hard to get back into working out thank god for the Ymca .I am slowly getting back to where I need to be after a bike reck
Hang in there and keep up the great work

PAcheryl 2010-07-26 20:12:55 -0500 Report

I use a recumbent bicycle because I have gout and walking can be painful… I try to get on it an hour after Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner for 20 minutes… it seem to be working to keep my BS down…

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