Post # 1
So my wedding is in a month…..and it looks like I have a stress fracture in my foot. Most likely from practicing a lot of crazy lifts for the swing dance part of our first dance (I kept coming down hard on my feet). We were planning to slowly sway for a while, then have it cut to a really upbeat big band number. We even got alot of the lifts down, including a backflip thing.
I always workout pretty regularly (6 days a week) forever…ever since ending high school, when competitive sports stopped. It is just a part of my life. I feel really stressed now a) because I was so excited for our swing dancing for our first dance, and I even got a reception dress so I could do all the fun lifts (now I don’t know if we can do it) b) I am worried I will gain weight, when I have already had my alterations c) exercising is a major stress reliever for me (and we are closing on a condo 2 weeks after the wedding, when I also have quals for grad school).
I’m not that fazed about having to wear a boot potentially for part of my wedding day. It is really the potential weight gain, and the swing dance thing that is bothering me. Normally I wouldn’t mind gaining a few pounds, but right now I want to feel my best and fit my dress. I also don’t want to cut out all alcohol for the next few weeks, and I already eat really healthy (mostly veggies, low fat proteins, healthy fats, fish)
I am starting swimming (ugh), but I was wondering if anyone had success doing the elliptical and/or bike in a boot? I am nto a fan of swimming that much…
Thanks for your help!
Post # 2
eliptical is possible, as are using free weights. Call your doctor or PT and ask them if there’s anything specific you can do. If you use machines, focus on your upper body. You can also do single leg versions of some lower body moves, but use machines for those and not free weights. Do things like single leg press, single leg calf raises.
But be careful. I know many people who get stress fractures and then make them worse by not following doctor’s orders. Just ask your doctor what you can and can’t do and they should be able to help you. Don’t follow anyone here just because they say you can. Your doctor will have a better idea of the severity of your fracture and the possibility of it growing from certain movements
Post # 3
Ask your doctor of course, but I continued floor strength training a week after a major foot injury. I was not able to do the cardio bits so I took up stationary bike, and hat was awkward but fine. Just pay attention so your boot doesn’t slip.
but you can keep your muscle tone with floor work ( mat) and the muscles will help burn calories.
Post # 4
i had a stress fracture in my foot before (metatarsal stress fracture) and i had to stop running. i took up swimming and spin.
Post # 5
happycamper8: What sort of boot are you in?
I was stuck in a CAM boot (moon boot) earlier this year after surgery, and I kept up with upper body stuff as other posters have mentioned.. remembering it’ll be your arms on show in your dress (most likely), so that might help to settle the appearance anxieties a little.
For cardio, you could swim (if your allowed out of the boot.. But I’d check that with the orthopaedic surgeon / whoever has put you in the boot), arm ergo (like a cycle, but for your arms, if your gym has one), I managed the rower better than I did the bike.. You could also box.
As for the wedding dance, most doctors are pretty happy to compromise on things if a) they know you are aware of and understand the risks (and can therefore make an INFORMED decision), and b) if it’s a particularly special event. They’ll let you know what they think, and leave the decision up to you..
Good luck! Sorry for the awful timing 🙁
Post # 6
Check with your doctor. I have had (and also currently have) a stress fracture in my ankle. My doctor allowed me to exercise outside the boot but only to do the exercise bike. When I tried to do the elliptical it made it worse. Swimming and upper body weight training are fine as well of course. Hope it heals quickly!