Restricted mobility? Disabled? How do you exercise?

May 14, 2012 5:26pm CST
I have huge problems with my feet. I have recurrent mortens neuroma in each web space on both of my feet. Every time one grows back, it has to get cut out. If they come back simultaneously, they all come out together. Because of this, I can't run or jog - just walking is painful. I work 7 hours a day and on my feet for most of the time I'm there, and try to get about as much as possible. How do you manage to exercise and keep fit, despite being held back?
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
17 May 12
Hello Eucalyptus and welcome to myLot. I can sympathize with you as I have something similar. I have rheumatoid arthritis and the padding on the balls of my feet has slid up under my toes. As time goes by a very small callous builds up on the ball of my feet and feels like I'm walking on a very small sharp stone. It can become very painful to walk on. I use callous removers to get rid of these callouses bur oh the pain until I can pull off the callous. Back in January I feel and fractured my tail bone. I was put in a live-in Rehab home for at least 6 weeks. For exercise They had me doing a stationary bicycle and a u-step which was like skiing setting down. They also had me doing arm exercise on one of the bicycle type pieces of equipment setting on the table. I was also encouraged to do a number of exercises laying on my bed. I was given a walker so I could walk the halls. Exercise is very necessary for both the bladder and the bowl to work. When I got home I had an in home physical therapist come and work with me on which exercises I could do safely. In the bed exercises I am to flex my feet up toward my legs and circles with my ankles. I am to slid my feet up to my butt and down to the end of the bed. Then slid one foot up to my butt and lift the other leg. Another one is tow swing my legs out to the side and back. She also had some exercises for me while standing at my kitchen sink for support. Rise up on the toes then rock back on the heels raising the toes in the air.Then there is marching in place. Another one is you hold on to something for support and bend slowly at the knees while keeping the back straight and the feet flat on the floor. You also swing the legs back and forth from front to back and from side to side. I don't know if these are strenuous for you but they are keeping me going.
17 May 12
Hi Deebomb and thanks for the welcome. This reply has been really enlightening, but I am so sorry that you've had to go through it, it sounds like you've had a really tough time! The exercise sound great, even the in-bed ones, so I am going to try a few. The ones involving toes will be out of the question, but I am open to the others definitely. I really hope you get well soon :)
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
18 May 12
Thanks for your concern but I am much better now. I am doing better than I expected except for the pain sometimes can get out of hand even with strong pain pills. The Dr said it could be a slow process to heal.
@GardenGerty (89997)
• Marion, Kansas
15 May 12
I can feature you having one of those peddle systems that you can sit in your chair and pedal like a bicycle. They can even be adjusted to use your hands. I like water exercise or water walking. It takes the pressure off your body and joints and allows you to move freely. Usually the pool is warm and it soothes the soreness of the whole body. I know if you had open sores you could not do this, but when you are healed, the exercise really makes me feel good.
15 May 12
Water exercise sounds good, I have never tried it. Getting me in a swimming costume would be trying enough!
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@GardenGerty (89997)
• Marion, Kansas
15 May 12
Here many wear a pair of shorts and tank top and undergarments, of course. They also buy a special water shoe that helps prevent slipping. It is very effective at helping health.
• New Zealand
15 May 12
Hey there yes I have a bad back so I to am limited in what walking and all I can do at the moment I am at swimming physio for this for the next 6 weeks to see if this will untighten my back as my physio thinks my back is to tight