Podiatrist Dr. Stephen Pribut states, Aerobic exercise helps release human growth factor hormones that promote healing in the tendons and connective tissues. Here are some ways to stay active when you're rehabbing an injury: First, do no harm. Talk with your doctor about which activities are safe. You want to get the benefits of aerobic exercise without aggravating your injury or creating a new one. Swimming and pool running, for instance, are typically safe with IT band syndrome, Achilles' strains, and stress fractures, as long as you're not pushing off the pool wall with the injured area, he said. Stationary bikes are often safe with shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and IT band syndrome, as long as you remain seated. But if you have Achilles' issues, cycling can make the issues worse. Those with stress fractures get extra calcium and vitamin D, plus plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to lower inflammation."
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.