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Should stop exercising if I have a foot related sports injury?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Though a sports injury might seem to be treated by avoiding that sport, ceasing exercise or activity all together is actually not recommended. Rest is a crucial part of treating a foot related sports injury, but so is rehabilitation, which occurs through exercise. Scar tissue begins to form as your foot heals, and then it contracts. This shrinking can make your foot become stiff, which can lead to another injury. To avoid reinjuring yourself, stretching every day is recommended. Then consider low impact exercise, like swimming, bicycling, or rowing. Only return to the activity you injured yourself with when you feel you have fully recovered.

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