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Subject: potential foot hairline fracture, training advice?
Hi guys/girls

I need some help/advice on anything I can do to keep up my fitness levels with a possible metatarsal fracture and I have been to the doctors but the main problem is not so much the training but just general walking around.

Any tips for a fairly speedy recovery without causing further damage?

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2013-10-04 12:45 PM
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The less you do (weightbearing with the foot), the quicker it heals.  So, keeping fitness and minimizing recovery often come into conflict with those of us addicted to sweating.

I'd say that training (at least running, probably biking for the first few weeks depending on how it feels) would indeed be part of the problem is you're trying to minimize recovery time.

Boot/crutches for first 4 weeks if it's severe is a common recommendation, then another 2-6 weeks without running is typical.  Many will skip the boot, most skip the crutches (but those minimize recovery time - all a balance of what you're willing to do).

Fitness during recovery:  swim, aquajog first.  Then add in high cadence spinning (best on a trainer), but only when there is no pain in the foot during OR after.  Then can get back on the road on a bike, but that's pretty late in the recovery.  Then back to running - which needs to be built back up carefully.

That's just one person's view (wife has a SF at the moment, so it's fresh) and does not constitute medical advice!  YMMV

Good luck and speedy recovery.  Injuries happen, but $uck!

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2013-10-04 12:46 PM
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Plus, if you've got access to a gym with a hand cycle, use it! 
2013-10-05 1:55 AM
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Subject: RE: potential foot hairline fracture, training advice?
Thanks for the tips, I don't know in some ways whether its the training but been on my feet at work which is more of the issue but not been able to run for ages isn't a problem as I was considering jacking in running for a while to focus on spinning my hand at some road races for cycling next season but thats a long way off.

2013-10-05 2:13 PM
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Could you use a rowing machine, without pushing too much with the feet? I can't remember if you have to push with your feet, or if you just use them to steady yourself, but I always had a good workout on them,
Feel better!
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2013-10-05 2:51 PM
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Aquajogging.

It sucks, but it works.


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