How to keep active with a broken ankle or while non weight bearing

Foot and leg injuries can really change a person’s life. People who are typically active and able to do anything they want, have to take a step back and reevaluate what matters most - and what is now possible. With the help of the Freedom Leg brace, anyone can relearn how to keep active with a broken ankle or leg. 

Is Physical Activity Ok for Someone with a Broken Ankle?

Anyone who exercises with a broken ankle knows that it isn’t easy. Health care workers tell you to be careful while healing, and they are right. If you are going to put weight on a broken ankle joint, especially while exercising, you need to be smart about how you do it.

But you can still be physically active! Being able to keep active with a broken ankle is important to maintain muscle and keep your heart healthy. 

Activities for Someone with a Broken Ankle

To keep active with an ankle injury (referred to as an ankle fracture or broken ankle, depending on the injury), focus on some range of motion exercises, abdominal exercises, and upper body exercises. 

Keep in mind that these are not medical advice, diagnosis or treatment plans - just some ideas on how to stay active and healthy while healing!

Non Weight Bearing Cardio Activities

Cardio activities while non-weight bearing can include anything that gets the heart rate up without inducing swelling, bruising, or pain in the ankle. You will need to use heavy enough weights to raise your heart rate.

  • Triceps extensions: Grab a couple of dumbbells and start with your arms straight up above your head. Bring your elbows into alignment with your ears. Pivot your arms back from the elbows, to bring your hands behind your head. Lift the weights back up above your head and repeat.
  • Bicep curls: Start with a couple of dumbbells in your hands and bring your arms down against your sides. With your palms facing forward, pivot at the elbows and bring your forearms up to your shoulders. Lower your arms and repeat.

Winter Activities with a Broken Ankle

Keeping active in the winter can be challenging for anyone, but especially for those figuring out how to keep active with a broken ankle. Focus on low-impact activities:

  • Rom exercises: These are simple exercises that help you keep a healthy range of motion in your body as the injury heals. A good rom exercise for your ankle is the calf stretch. Stand with your leg behind you and your heel flat on the floor. Gently lean forward to feel a nice stretch in your calf.

walking on the beach with freedom leg

Non Weight Bearing Sports

For those people who love sports but can’t do everything they once could because of an ankle or leg injury, here are a couple of ideas:

  • Foosball or pool: While not super-active sports, these indoor activities can help satisfy the need to compete while healing from a broken ankle.

The Best Hands-Free Crutch for Sports

The Freedom Leg brace is a hands-free, user-friendly, alternative crutch. It enables anyone learning how to keep active with a broken ankle, to again do the things they love!

With the help of the Freedom Leg, you can live your life again. What activity are you ready to start doing?
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Dr. Stelmaschuk

"Family Physician, had to have both of his feed repaired and found Freedom Leg very helpful, allowing him freedom to continue particing medicine and even running his snow blower"

Brandon Wise

"Broke his ankle and had to have surgery. The surgeons put screws in his ankle and told him not to put weight on it for 90 days. He was prescibed crutches. Fortunately he discoved Freedom Leg while looking for alternatives on the internet and was able to walk again without difficulty"