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Foot injury - how long should it be rested before Camino


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I had planned to complete the full Camino in September 2009 (did 220kms of it last year and fell in love with everything about it ) but managed to break a bone in my foot and tear my ankle ligaments at the end of January. I am now getting physio and have started light exercise. I am fairly fit and feel it wont be a problem but quite a few people I have spoken with have said I might not survive the full camino ....I want to book my flights, thinking of doing the full camino is what has got me through the last three months!!! Has anyone else had an injury like this and still did the camino later that same year????? :D
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Re: Foot injury - how long should it be rested before doing Cami


Noone on this forum willl have the specific information about your injusry even if they are a Dr. or a physio. I think it would be better to clearly describe the Camino to your Dr./Physio and ask them about when you will be ready and listen to them. You don't really want to have a foot injury that doesn't heal properly. I speak from experience.

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Re: Foot injury - how long should it be rested before doing Cami

I agree that you should discuss this thoroughly with your doctor and PT therapist. I broke my leg/ankle in five places in the White Mountains on the AT--it was nine months before I could walk unassisted. But the following summer I was able to do 150 miles on the AT--my orthopedic surgeon was clear that I was not to stress my injuries and at the first sign of pain and/or inflammation, I was to stop and RICE. I also worked with my PT therapist to stretch, strengthen and do specific exercises to help me train appropriately. Taking it slow but sure was the ticket. I also made sure my packweight was absolute minimum. I know how discouraging an injury like this is when you're wanting to do something like the Camino. The Camino will be there for a long, long time. Take care of your legs and they will take care of you. Good luck!

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