Re: Arthritis, Exercise, and this WOE (question)
I came over to have a look at this board too - as I suffer from arthritis in my right knee and ankle - all a result of a motorcycle accident in my 20's.
It's a real shame about your ankle, but don't assume that arthritis is inevitable after the break - if you rehabilitate your ankle carefully it may avoid osteo-arthritis. Also there are lots of supports you can wear on your ankle when exercising to strengthen it - not high fashion, but they are a terrific help. I can imagine you are feeling very fed up at the moment, especially as you have been off your feet for a while - but try to be patient and work with your doctor towards healing and then strengthening that ankle. I expect you will get lots of exercises to do to strengthen the muscles around that ankle, which in turn will support it as it heals.
My knee causes me a lot of problems (because I got straight back up on my feet before my knee was ready - be warned!) so I tend to stick to lower impact exercises, I love to cycle, swim and do weights..and a bit of tai chi.
The best thing that you and I can do to improve our lifestyle is to get the weight down as quickly and as healthily as we can. The less strain there is on our damaged joints, the more easy it is for us to do the activities we both love - and as we both know, there is no better way to lose weight effectively and healthily than the Atkins WOE. I have lost 21 pounds and my knee is already thanking me!
What are you doing for exercise while you are off your feet?
Try not to be too worried at the moment, we are all different and your ankle may heal well and not give you too much trouble.
I hope this helps. *hugs for the poor patient*
SW128KG/CW128KG/GW99KG (for now)