My Sprained Foot
My sprained foot is a story of how I used holistic health to help me on the road to recovery and limited funds and having just moved countries I need to do what I could. If I was in real pain like I knew something was wrong I would of seeked medical advice, but I know my body well enough to fix a minor injury.
My sprained foot story – How did I do it…
I was walking to the car in the dark, tripped on the curb and thought ouch that didn’t feel good.
Feeling annoyed at myself for not watching where I was going as I was on my way to pick up mum, it was dark I thought I’ll look at it when I’m home. When I got home and into the light to take a good look at my foot, it wasn’t pretty.
Ok, so I probably shouldn’t have driven anywhere, but I did and didn’t realise it was as bad as it was. When I got home I elevated my foot, slapped on some ice-wave acupuncture patches (these help with the pain and swelling) and also an ice pack.
While laying there I watched YouTube vids about the way Eastern medicine deals with sprains, they don’t ice it like in the west, as they believe it stops the flow of energy and circulation, which helps you to heal.
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Mum also mentioned if my grandma were here she would massage ‘yellow medicine’ as she used to call it in English all over my foot to get the bad chi out, it was the most amazing stuff and just a mixture of herbs.
She believed in the Eastern ways of healing and I remember as a young kid she would massage our bruises from purple to red with it. It used to hurt, but the next day we wouldn’t have deep purple bruises.
So this all got me thinking, was ice and making it numb the way to go? Mum gave me a light massage with coconut oil and essential oils, it went slightly red, now I was tired, it was late that was enough, but tomorrow I needed to try an experiment on myself more.
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The next morning I couldn’t walk my foot, it hurt!
Hopping was now going to be my thing for the week, it sucked. There was also a big decision I had to make with something that was going on in my life, I didn’t want to think about, but it seemed like I needed to. So I decided to give myself the week off to heal and think.
My sprained foot healing schedule
Warm sprained foot soak
Bathing my foot three times a day in Epsom salt and ginger was so soothing. When you soak your feet in an Epsom salt which is magnesium sulphate, your skin absorbs this mineral, which eases the pain, relaxes muscles and tendons, reduces swelling and improves circulation.
Ginger for a sprained foot not only smells amazing, but it also has so many healing and anti-inflammatory properties. My foot felt so good when I did this, I even got the pieces of ginger and massaged it a bit. After day one the swelling went down considerably, by the third day that huge lump was decreasing – check out the photo below!
An essential oil massage
Next, I would give myself a massage with coconut oil and ‘Panaway’ essential oil. Panaway is an excellent blend of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint. This combination helps improves circulation by flushing lactic acid from the muscles which and helps to flush out swelling in joints.
Seriously, you will love the smell of this blend, it reminds me of my grandma, who used a similar blend for her aches and pains. It can also be used topically after exercise and it supports the look of healthy skin colouration.
Turmeric and Lime Juice
Finally, I lathered on a cooling paste of turmeric and lime juice, but you can also use turmeric and lemon.
I made quite a bit and put it in the fridge. It felt so good after the foot bath and massage. Turmeric again is a very healing anti-inflammatory herb. I Mixed two tablespoons of turmeric powder with one tablespoon of lime juice and a little bit of warm water to make a thick paste.
You can also make an anti-inflammatory tea like the one below.
My not so sprained foot…I could walk without hopping after two weeks
The thing that I was most annoyed about when I first sprained my foot was not being able to go to the gym, especially since I had made such good progress with my fitness levels.
Deep down I know my body was telling me I needed to slow down, so I finally listened and I had to.
After 4 weeks I decided I would be ok to go back and do light workouts and yoga classes. Having had a really bad snowboarding injury in the past (I have titanium in my wrist) I knew the yoga and movement would help get me back on track.
When I first did the yoga classes I took it easy and built my strength up, I listened to my body and didn’t push it (I totally sucked at all the balance poses).
Fast-forward to three months after the sprain and my foot is back to normal, I’m back to where I was with the balance poses. Yes it took time, but I learned so much from the process, listening to my body and to once again trust my instincts.
I’m not saying you should do this, as you should always seek the advice of a medical health practitioner, but what if you didn’t have access or couldn’t afford one?