swimming isn't the only thing you can do in the pool.
you can try some light jogging or running along with squats and lunges, the buoyancy of the water can decrease the compression of on your joints, especially in your ankle..resistance can be add'd by increasing speed of movement of surface area of movement limb(s)
regarding you dislocating your shoulder, I'm assuming it's with an overhead motion, so just avoid overhead strokes.
aside from swimming, cycling might be good as well so long as it's flat roads and light pedaling, as that can be less compressive to your TC joint, but the repetitive motion in your ankle could cause further degen as well...
I see you are in so cal.LA...out of curiosity who is your MD? Is he a podiatrist or foot/ankle ortho specialist? Also, if you have an instability in your shoulder, why not get that addressed, so you can begin a swimming regiment once repaired....if you need/want a few shoulder surgeon suggestions here in so cal, shoot me a pm....
my occupation: physical therapist, outpatient ortho clinical setting..NOT a "forum idiot"
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Last edited by geneatals; 11-19-2011 at 02:26 PM.