No active person enjoys taking time off from a regular fitness routine. In fact, for athletes, rest is a four-letter word! However, if you do sustain an injury -- like a sprained ankle, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendinitis -- rest is indeed often necessary to give your body the time it needs to heal. That puts you in quite a pickle, doesn’t it? Not to worry. We have a solution as to how you can rest a foot or ankle injury and still stay fit – Swim!
Swimming is a low-impact activity, meaning it does not put high levels of stress and pressure on your muscles, tendons, and bones. Because of this lack of repetitive pounding, as well as the fact that it’s non-weight bearing, swimming can keep your body moving while at the same time allowing an injury to heal. No doubt those words are music to an athlete’s ears!
In addition, when you swim, you get your blood pumping, which is great for boosting your body’s natural healing process. You’re also actively stretching with every stroke – all aspects of an awesome recovery program!
So, while you should never just power through a foot or ankle injury, you don’t have to totally put your fitness on the back burner, either! Swimming can keep you fit while you heal.
Of course, it’s important if you do get hurt, to get an accurate diagnosis, so before you grab a towel, put on your swim suit, and head for the pool, be sure to schedule a visit with Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). We’ll let you know if swimming is the right thing to do!