𝐎𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 cast and into a boot (or brace)? 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭?
Some people are in a boot or brace right out of a cast for a lengthy amount of time, which can cause decreased proprioceptive awareness and cause muscle atrophy as well as joint stiffness. Once they’re out of the boot or brace and sometimes even while they are still in the boot, my goals are to improve all of the above through different exercises.
I think this is a mismanaged area of orthopedics as many people may never end up doing rehab after lengthy bouts in a boot, brace or cast. In my opinion, this puts them at risk for another injury by returning to a high impact sport like cheering, gymnastics or dancing too soon.
Here are a few exercises we did after a few weeks of being out of the boot.
1. Tandem balance on foam, Single Limb Stance on airex and on a trampoline with dumbbell swing
2. Balance board
3. Heel raises
4. Kettlebell squats
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