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what to do if i sprained my achilles tendon twice! is there an exercise that can help restrengthen it?

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Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 31 years experience
Must be healed 1st: My general rule of thumb is to make sure there is an end to inflammation. The inflammation causes damage in itself. Once things have subsided a strengthening, stretching program can be instituted. If the inflammation of the tendon is not treated, the injury can become worse and even end up in a rupture. Diagnostics such as MRI are pretty significant in achilles tendon injuries, .

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How soon can I exercise after giving birth?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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6 weeks: You can start walking and climbing stairs if you need to as soon as you feel up to it. Hold off on heavy exercise for about 6 weeks, especially if you had a c-section. For an uncomplicated vaginal delivery without stitches you can start light exercise sooner, but listen to your body, if it hurts then stop doing it.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Does this advise only apply to vigorous exercise like aerobics and weight training, or can a woman do exercises like swimming, brisk walking, and maybe light yoga sooner than six weeks?
Dec 29, 2011
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Rec from the top doc at hT: It's typical for a healthy woman after an uncomplicated delivery to get back to gentle exercise in ... weeks/days, but your doctor's recommendation for you will depend on your medical history and the events of your delivery. For example, recommendation may change based on how much blood loss, presence or severity of a tear or episiotomy, a prolonged labor, if there were other complications, etc. Your doctor can also give you advice....
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How soon can I start intense exercise after giving birth?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Depends on type: If you had a c-section, resume formal exercise around 6-8 weeks. If you had a natural birth (and assuming there were no pregnancy/childbirth-related issues) you may resume exercise activities within days to weeks from when you gave birth. Regardless of birth mode, i would recommend gradually working back toward the level of activity you were at pre-pregnancy and checking with your OB first.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is swimming a good way to exercise in pregnancy?

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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Yes: Not only good...Great! especially as pregnancy progresses and becomes more uncomfortable, swimming is a wonderful way to get exercise and take a load off sore feet.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How much exercise do you need to do to work off the calories from one chocolate bunny?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Unknown: Each gram of the chocolate has at least 40-80 calories.How many grams consumed gives you the number.
A member asked:

Can exercise clear out heart inflamation?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Cardio conditioning: There are many causes of cardiac inflammation--infections, drug/chemo, radiation effects, excess alcohol, rheumatologic diseases, uncontrolled diabetes etc..While exercise itself does not get rid of inflammation in the heart, it may improve heart function and general health. It can help lower cholesterol/sugar, blood pressure and thus better heart-health. Other diseases must be treated. Good luck.

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