grimfoot’s AchillesBlog

Cycling question
04/10/2013, 18:30
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Hi all

Four days of freedom from the boot, mobility if not strength returning to the ankle and foot. The ankle and foot are very swollen although not painful. Has anyone made use of either an exercise bike or a road bike as part of their recovery plan?

I’ve got my second bout of physio on Wednesday and want to see if I can begin exercising on a bike of some sort. I don’t like swimming at the best of times, its not that I can’t swim but that I’d rather not!! However, if the physio suggests it as a good idea then I’ll go along with it.

So, to cycle or not to cycle, that is the question!!

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The spin bike is great for rehab. I used it with the boot and am still using it now.

Comment by kellygirl 10.04.13 @ 18:48

Hi Grimfoot,

I asked my PF about that today, and she said that I could ride a stationary bike at 8 weeks, but to keep my boot on, so I just ordered a $100 bike from Amazon (on sale form $300 and received great reviews). It was called the “Body Rider Fan Bike” (Yes, it has a fan built in to cool you off, a digital display and more).

Good luck,

Comment by Ron 10.04.13 @ 23:05

Hey Grimfoot, I started using the exercise bikes at five weeks while still in the boot and continue to use it now at 13 weeks. in fact I am back to the speed and resistance setting that I did before the ATR. Just need to be careful for the first few weeks with how you position your foot on the pedal.

Comment by seaweed 10.04.13 @ 23:29

I would ask the physio but definitely go for a static setup, turbo trainer or exercise bike, rollers or going out for real carry the risk of falling or instinctively stopping a fall with your foot. Given how tough achilles rupture recovery is, I would wait until you have a lot of confidence and strength in he repaired achilles.
All the best with your recovery…

Comment by spacemonkey 10.05.13 @ 10:46

Hi Grim.,

I’m 8 months post surgery and feeling great. I can attribute most of my success to riding my stationary bike about 3-4 times a week. I started biking around 15 weeks post-op, so you might be a little bit early, but everyone is different.

They say the “danger” zone is 8-12 weeks post-op for re-rupture or any other problems, so I’d wait a couple more weeks before really grinding out the miles on the bike. I’m no doctor or PT though…

Comment by klaake 10.09.13 @ 03:36

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