I am blessed to work for an Orthopedic Surgeon, so when I have small issues I can ask the MA (medical assistant) to take an X-ray (although I’m not a fan of radiation, I do take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation) and I can go to my doctor with questions and I don’t have to pay those pesky specialist copays, in fact it’s all free, but trust me I work for it. Anyway, several weeks ago I was having all sorts of pain when I woke up in the morning, the first steps were so painful I would limp. Getting out of the car once I got to work, again painful enough to make me limp. I’m not a rush to a doctor kind of person, so I just dealt with it and went on. Soon I wasn’t even noticing it, but Sunday Hubby gave me a foot massage and all of a sudden that pain was back, yikes it hurt! So Monday I asked the MA to take an X-ray, she didn’t see any breaks but would have the doc look at it. We talked a bit yesterday, he didn’t see any fracture but said when I had pain in the morning to come talk to him. This morning Hubby woke me up early to work out and train with him. He is training for a MMA fight and I am helping him, holding the mitts and such. It’s good for us both, we both could stand to lose some weight. After our morning workout my foot was really aching. I came in to work and went back and asked the doctor to talk more about it. When I described my pain (both on the bottom and on top, with pain shooting up my leg) he basically said that it’s probably a stress fracture that he can’t see on the X-ray and that I have to stay off it. How am I gonna lose weight that way doc? He suggested a stationary bike, which we don’t have, my trampoline is my workout of choice. So I’m going to have to get creative, which is fine. I am overweight and that has to change, although I’ve lost 5lb I do still have a ways to go and we are just getting going, I can’t stop now. I talked to Hubby who said we’d modify the workouts so I don’t put pressure on that foot, but I do want to do more, so I’m gonna share my plan of action.
First off did you know there is an herb called “knitbone”? Honestly this is one of my all time favorite herbs ever, Comfrey. There is a bit of controversy with ingesting the herb, some say it shouldn’t be taken internally when you have liver issues, I don’t have liver issues and I have drank comfrey in many teas for many different healing needs, for many years. I love the stuff, Hubby drinks it too. We don’t drink it daily but when your body needs healing I think it’s a great herb. However, it can also be used externally. I think fresh works best external but we’re in the middle of winter, so I will use what we have dried. Comfrey is used to heal bones (among other things). The first time I heard of it was through an herbal website I belonged to (pay every month kind of thing) the owners son had broken his arm, above the cast the would put daily comfrey poultices on his shoulder to help heal the bone. We are lucky to have found a huge comfrey patch behind a friend’s house and harvested a lot of this precious herb. I think this should be growing in everyone’s garden. So I will add water to my dried comfrey then I will blend it and put that mash on my foot and let it sit, I’ll probably do as long as I can, hopefully an hour a day, while I knit. Here is a picture of comfrey:
Secondly I just read on Livestrong.com that arnica is a good herb for stress fractures as well. Arnica is STRICTLY for external use, do not ingest it for whatever reason, it is POISONOUS! Ok that out-of-the-way, it is used topically all the time for bruises and non open injuries (ie the skin is not broken, again you don’t want this inside your body for any reason). I have an arnica gel that I purchased and used it on sore muscles, bumps, bruises etc. But I have dried arnica as well and I will probably include some of that to my comfrey poultice.
Lastly I am going to make sure I take some supplements that strengthen bones. I already take these things but I think I will ramp them up for a few weeks. I take coral calcium daily, but I will increase my daily intake. I also take food grade diatomaceous earth, which contains silica which is a big component to building strong bones. I won’t spend a lot of time on the DE but I did do a blog post on this already (http://virtuousgracious.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/food-grade-diatomaceous-earth/) so read that if you want more information on diatomaceous earth. Lastly I am going to also start drinking more raw milk and eat more raw butter. We get our milk from a local lady, have also had raw goat milk. Technically our raw milk is for “animal” consumption because Oregon has a silly law that raw cows milk can’t be sold for human consumption, but… raw goats milk can? I know, I don’t get it either.
I will keep you updated on the healing process, the hard part is because no break is showing up on the X-ray I will only be able to tell it’s better by how it feels. I am praying for a speedy recovery, I have wanted to get into jogging and this is putting a wrench in that plan. God gave us all we need for healing, I am convinced of it every time I look to herbs for a remedy.