Patients frequently inquire about how to keep up their exercise routines while managing a foot or ankle injury. Or maybe you want to exercise and carefully monitor any potential impact to your feet and ankles.

Before beginning an exercise regimen, review each activity with your podiatrist. Make modifications based on the injury recovery status and fitness level.

6 types of low-impact exercise:

Suitable for anyone who wants to avoid putting undue pressure on their feet and ankles.


Swimming is a great workout and keeps your weight off your feet and ankles. It’s one of the best things you can do to stay active, burn calories, and take the pressure off your feet and ankles.


While some yoga postures may exert pressure on your feet and ankles, others do not. Yoga routines are a great way to maintain good physical fitness and enhance your balance.


Riding both regular and stationary bicycles benefits physical fitness without causing discomfort or injury to the ankles and feet.

4-Upper Body Exercises

Performing a range of motion exercises aims to enhance or uphold the flexibility of your joints and supple tissues through deliberate movements.

5-Weight Training

Strengthening your upper body can be achieved through weightlifting or resistance band exercises while seated, eliminating pressure or strain on your feet or ankles.


Rowing is an excellent method of obtaining cardiovascular exercise without any weight-bearing impact. Engaging in this activity aids in the calorie-burning process and in supporting your physical fitness.

Foot problems take a long time to heal because feet are not given adequate opportunity to rest. Despite attempting to relax, considerable time is spent upright, on our feet. In various foot and ankle conditions, it is vital to have a period of rest as the first measure of recovery. Individuals may not require crutches unless they have experienced a broken bone or surgery. However, they may use orthotics as an alternative. We suggest refraining from any high-impact workouts during the initial stage of recovery. Depending on your physical state, even a basic exercise may be excessive.

Again, a reminder before you begin any exercise, to review with your podiatrist or general practitioner.

At Bay Podiatry AssociatesDr. Argirios Mantzoukas, our board-certified podiatrist, treats a variety of conditions such as ankle sprainsdiabetic woundsbunionshammertoesheel painnerve painplantar warts, dry skin, and calluses. We provide excellent service for patients in the Bath Beach, Kings County section of South Brooklyn. Contact our office at 718-266-1986. Our office is at 8635 21st Avenue, Suite 1C, Brooklyn, NY, 11217.

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