Lindsey Vonn Gets back On the Slopes

Lindsey Vonn worked out hard--and safely--while recovering from a broken ankleBack in August, Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn broke her ankle after she crashed during a training session in Austria. Given her history of injuries—she missed the 2014 Olympics after having two surgeries on her ACL—it was unclear how quickly Vonn would be able to make a comeback. Well, now we have our answer!

Late last week, Vonn made the following announcement on her Facebook page: "Excited to announce that I've been cleared to ski and am heading to Europe tomorrow. I'll be back on snow on Thursday!!!"

In my opinion as a Houston podiatrist, Vonn was very smart during her recovery. She did not rush to get back on skis and, although she rested her broken ankle, she didn’t give up on workouts. In fact, Vonn posted several pictures in which she is seen doing exercises that kept the rest of her body strong without putting undue pressure on her injury.

You see, that’s the idea that I hope every injured athlete can embrace: being hurt doesn’t mean you have to stop working out, it just means you have to be smart about how you do it. When your recovery is overseen by an experienced professional, you and your doctor can come up with a plan that will keep you in performance-ready shape without putting your long-term health—or your career—in danger. If you need help coming back from a broken foot or ankle, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.