How to Do Cardio With a Broken Toe

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Breaking your toe doesn’t seem like much of a big deal—but as soon as you put pressure on your foot, that injured little piggy sure screams out in agony.

The good news is, toe fractures heal really fast—between four to six weeks on average,” says chiropractor Lev Kalika, DC, of New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy. Additionally, treating a toe fracture is actually quite simple. “Buddy taping” your broken toe to an adjacent toe can help relieve the pain while the toe is healing.

Stay off your feet as much as possible in the days following the injury is important. As your pain subsides, you can begin to bear weight and experiment with movements and exercises that feel comfortable.

Doing Cardio With a Broken Toe

Exercising with a broken toe can be difficult, but not impossible. Kalika recommends avoiding excessive walking or sporting activities which involve loading of the toes. Steer clear of any high-impact cardio that requires you to put pressure on your foot until your doctor clears you.

While exercising, Kalika says, fractures can be helped by wearing shoes with a wider toe box, using tape for stabilization of the fracture site and toe spacers to support alignment. Also, any cardio exercise which does not involve heel lifting from the ground is considered safe.

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