Eight weeks ago I fractured my fifth metatarsal in my left foot, otherwise known as a Jones Fracture, [not a Smith fracture, hahaha-just kidding]. This is, in ‘Fiona speak’, near the joint connecting the ankle, approximately mid foot.
Due to the type of break, there is little blood flow to the area, making it prone to difficulty in healing and is apparently more difficult to treat. I was told I had a 50/50 chance I’d need to have surgery. That’s not how I roll, surgery was not something I was prepared to do without trying everything else first. I am an advocate for natural healing, so I looked at every possible alternative to give myself the best chance of a complete recovery.
Anyway… I was four weeks in crutches and another four in a moon boot. The upside- it was only an inconvenient blip in time in my life. I am very fortunate it wasn’t something worse or terminal. I always like to look at the bright side, it keeps everything in perspective.
I am now two days out of my moon boot and easing into weight-bearing on my own foot, yipppeeeeeeeee! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am!!!! 🙂
Ok, back to being serious…
I tried virtually all of these tips, which I will share with you here:
1. Comfrey, otherwise known as (Knitbone)
I managed to get some fresh Comfrey leaves. I was lucky my girlfriend grows them. If you want to make your own remedy, get some fresh Comfrey Leaves and Roots, chop finely [I cheated and used my Nutri-Bullet]. Cover in Coconut Oil, [which was all I had in my pantry], heat in a slow cooker on low for three days and nights, infusing the Comfrey into the oil.
I massaged the oil into my foot two or three times daily. I can tell you, it definitely soothed my aching foot. You can use the leaves or roots applied as a wash, poultice or ointment.
Comfrey is good for healing broken bones, torn muscles and ligaments, is an anti-inflammatory, aids in the healing of sprains and is effective in treating a whole range of things like-dermatitis, psoriasis, neuralgia, eczema, bruising, sciatica, boils, rheumatism, varicose veins, bed sores, wounds, ulcers, insect bites, tumours, muscular pain, pulled tendons, shingles and dermatological conditions.
Check out the following website for heaps more information about the benefits of comfrey – www.herbsarespecial.com.au
Do your research first, as Comfrey can be harmful to pregnant or breast feeding women, elderly persons and children. You don’t have to make your own, Comfrey products are available to purchase online and through health food stores.
2. TENS Therapy Electronic Nerve Stimulator
This is a small machine with two sticky pads that you place on the area you want to treat. The pads are really easy to use. There are different settings, speeds and pulsing actions to choose from, so if your like me, you will use the gentlest setting so you don’t jolt yourself in ways you don’t need, if you know what I mean. It only takes about 10-15 minutes and you can repeat the cycle again, however, there are limits to how long you should use it at any given time.
The TENS machine stimulates the muscles and blood flow, speeding up the healing process. This is very relaxing and definitely soothed my aching foot.
3. Crushed Egg Shell and Orange Juice
Weird I know, but it is calcium in it’s purest form and the orange juice helps absorb the calcium into the body. To prepare, immerse the empty eggshells in boiling water for about 5 minutes to kill any pathogens and then let the shells air dry, or dry them in the oven. After they’re dry, grind the shells in a coffee grinder and take a 1/2 teaspoon a day, wash down with fresh squeezed orange or lemon juice [I used orange juice].
Once again, you can buy ground egg shell from health food outlets.
Eggshell is an inexpensive, pure calcium treatment for treating weak bones and osteoporosis. Check out more information on making calcium and the benefits here: www.healingnaturallybybee.com
Which is important in the growth, strength and management of bones and teeth, promotes healthy hair and skin, strengthens soft, brittle or splitting nails.
According to Dr. Theresa Dale in “Revitalize Your Hormones,” silica acts as a stabilizing force in the body. It restores the necessary balance between calcium and magnesium, without which you’d experience hormonal problems. It stabilizes a number of structures, including bodily tissues, membranes and arterial walls.
Your body also needs silica to help form collagen, the protein responsible for keeping your skin smooth and unlined, (anti-aging benefits). Perhaps most important, it facilitates your body’s absorption of calcium, contributing to strong, healthy bones. These nutrients are needed for healthy bones and may assist in healing cracked skin, minor wounds and torn ligaments.
I was recommended through my sister-in-laws naturopath friend, Nutra-Life Silicaplex 5000. There are so many benefits as I’ve mentioned above and particularly for the absorption of crushed egg shell.
5. Bone Broth
Helps heal the gut promoting healthy digestion. It’s great for a multitude of health issues including – cold and flu viruses, promotes strong, healthy bones and healthy hair, skin and nails, inhibits inflammation, stimulates the growth of new collagen, repairs damaged joints and reduces pain and inflammation. It also helps promote sleep and calms the mind.
Making your own bone broth is extremely cost effective, as you can make use of left over carcass bones that you would otherwise throw away. It will also save you money by reducing your need for dietary supplements.
Homemade bone broth contains all the nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills.
Chicken Broth Recipe
1 whole chicken
8 cups of water
4-6 stalks of celery finely chopped
½ onion finely chopped
3 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 inch ginger root finely chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Swimming is very therapeutic and has been beneficial in helping with the healing process for me as well. I also recommend physiotherapy, your doctor will refer you, otherwise you should ask for a referral.
I trust this has been helpful and welcome your feedback-or if you have any remedies you’ve tried, please feel free to share them here…