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With a broken bone, how long before you could exercise?

"Look at you, working out with a broken toe!"

That was Joe today, my buddy at the gym. He's my cheerleader.

This is Week 3 of working out: weights, rowing, abdominal exercises and stretching. Celebrated by getting new workout leggings on sale.

Yesterday I gingerly walked barefoot indoors for 40 minutes. Mistake. In bed, the weight of the down comforter - feathers! - made my broken toe hurt. It kept waking me up.

Resting for four weeks felt like my muscles were melting, growing slack. Reached my disgust level. I'm making a comeback.

Still in the boot. It's been 5 weeks. Will see my podiatrist and get more x-rays in two weeks.

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at least you have a companion in 007

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I had to do physical training in the army the day after I broke my wrist. The doctor gave me a long list of exercises I couldn't do, but anything on not on the list was fair game. After 6 weeks of not using my right hand, I was a sit-up machine.

JimG Level 8 June 11, 2019
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Really cool color and design on the yoga pants...sorry for the aside to the foot situation.

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try meditation when you feel the urge to over do. but you are being very good about this and have a great PMA Athena is right soon it will be over and the memory will fade. My knee surgery for a broken tibia crown seemed like forever but now a faded memory.

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Muscle grows quickly if you were active before a break (physically and time wise), which you were. Don't worry, soon it will seem like the break never happened.

You look great in those tights!

Athena Level 8 June 11, 2019

@Athena

Thank you for your encouragement!

Last night, I remembered to do crab crawl facing the ceiling to firm up my underarms (triceps). In this boot.

Another small victory.

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I once soloed the Third Flatiron (5.4, 800'smile009.gif([mountainproject.com] in an inflatable cast. I had a broken medial malleolus.

CallMeDave Level 8 June 11, 2019
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I haven't been able to exercise the way I want for a while now so I know how you feel about melting muscles... I'll get it back in a few weeks when baby decides to enter the world...

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i've rammed my pinky toe into something that didn't move before.... kept thinking pain would go away after a couple days... it didn't till a few weeks. that hurts!!. hang in there!

SeeCanU Level 7 June 11, 2019
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Don’t push it. Remember there is some calcium deficiency and healing will be longer. Take care.

ToolGuy Level 8 June 11, 2019
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I bet you wish there was a pill you could take that you could just fall asleep and wake up when your toe was healed.

Jolanta Level 8 June 11, 2019

@Jolanta

Exactly. Can't left an injury keep me down.

@LiterateHiker wrong honey can end up chronic pain please be careful if it heals wrong would need surgery to correct with pins

@LiterateHiker usually 8weeks depends on healing verified by X-Ray especially on a load bearing bone exercise before healing slows process and if ends up with crooked heal which can result in chronic pain and require surgery to repair

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Be careful you don't want a setback

bobwjr Level 9 June 11, 2019
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looks like your coming along well,,but do not push it or it will take you to heal a lot longer than it should, but you know your limits

RoyMillar Level 8 June 10, 2019
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I would think eight weeks would be the threshold. Broken bones heal more quickly than tendons or ligaments.

I blew out my quadriceps tendon in mid-January and it was almost six weeks before I could voluntarily lift my leg up off the bed. But once that happened, I was on to recovery pretty quickly.

It's been nearly five months. A full recovery from my injury is, typically, eight to twelve months. I've been walking and/or bike riding at least five days a week, on top of my PT exercises. The strength is coming back. Patience is the key

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