... May I ask what happened? Did you break a bone? Or have surgery?
Either way, as long as you are far enough along in recovery that you are no longer having tons of swelling, it should be safe for you to do a few leg lifts now and then. (ask your doctor to be sure) It won't do a lot for your thigh muscles, but even slowing down the loss will help!
When the cast comes... (8 replies)
... straight leg raises, while laying down, lift leg up, and then go on your stomach and lift backwards, and then on your side and lift up sideways. also just sitting there with a straight leg, you tighten up your thigh muscle (quad) and hold for 6 seconds and relax. do that 3 sets of 20 a couple times a day.
if you can stand, single leg balance, mini squats, step ups (onto... (8 replies)
... how do i build up my atrophied leg muscle? ... (8 replies)
... you will need to learn how to walk again and build up the atrophied muscle tissue and that will take more than two weeks. Most people are in the walking shoe for 3 to 4 weeks. ... (6 replies)
... don't be shocked, your calf will be like Jello, because it has atrophied and it will have zero muscle tone in it. ... (11 replies)
... op, so I hope to build back my strength fairly soon. ... (10 replies)
... Jane..i was walking down the road and stepped in a pothole and turned the ankle and broke the tibia lengthwise. the plate and screws are near the ankle bone about 8" in length. my thigh is fine but the calf is very thin...i take the cast off and do flexes with the foot pointing the toes.. im feeling shocks and spasms now after 3 weeks..i think its nerves mending maybe.... (8 replies)
... Dncergirl thank you . Very helpful info. The replies have been terrific. Im hoping I can take a car trip to Calif. when the cast comes off. Probably will need a cane for a while. (8 replies)
... If you can't weight bear, you will just have to live with the calf muscles atrophying. When you can finally weight bear, you will find they come back fairly soon. I am 12 weeks post surgery and can rise up on the affected foot, putting about 80% of my body weight on my fore foot. My calf muscles tire, and they are mostly back now. It is really better not not to cut... (8 replies)
... Shelley Thanks !! I will start these today ! I can do all of those except the standing on the leg. No weight bearing for 6 more weeks .. this is a very long summer for me.. (8 replies)
... Thank you Debbie. This is a very helpful sight ! (8 replies)
... i would think very slowly at first. massage is always good. if you can walk, walking, cycling and swimming. (8 replies)
... existent my leg muscle was. It had almost completely atrophied after 3 or 4 weeks. It was very weird at first to start walking and after a few weeks my limp started to go away. ... (3 replies)
... really weak the first day. I only walked a little bit at a time until it gradually started to feel more comfortable. At about week 7, I started walking stairs to build up the calf muscle. It takes time, and you have to be patient. Hope this helps! ... (7 replies)