It's been just shy of a month that I've been down (but not out!) with a fractured ankle. If you've ever been on crutches, and suddenly had your mobility (and therefore, your life) altered, then you understand. If you haven't, then realize that what comes with the natural pain of the situation, is frustration that it happened in the first place, sadness because your life is going to be a bit different for a time, and a mixture of guilt and frustration that you're having to rely on people to help you do just about everything. I haven't driven in a month until today. It was a huge milestone, and one that helped me feel like I was regaining some of my independence. But, I digress. I wanted to share with you what I've been doing to help myself heal - and fast.
You probably know I've been on a gluten and grain-free lifestyle with low carb intake and high healthy fat intake, along with vitamins and supplements (here). This naturally helps me heal faster, but I've also increased my intake of the anti-inflammatory herb, turmeric (or curcumin). I make up some of this turmeric paste (here) to keep in the fridge and I've been adding hot water to it, along with this collagen powder (here and here) to make a hot drink. You can even add a tea bag to make a special hot tea. Collagen is a great source of amino acids which help build strong bones and muscles, along with healthy skin, hair, and nails. But it's important that any gelatin you buy to get the collagen is from healthy animals, like the two I mentioned above.
I had quite a bit of bruising on my foot, heal, and ankle, so I started taking Arnica Montana to help in the healing. Arnica Montana is a homeopathic aid that comes from a plant and is widely used for the treatment of bruises and sprains. I took the sub lingual pellets under my tongue (here), but there are arnica oils and creams, as well. If you're unfamiliar with Arnica Montana, here is a good article to get you started.
I also alternated cold and heat treatments by icing my ankle with an ice wrap (available at any pharmacy) and then soaking in my epsom salt foot bath (I mentioned it here). I do this every single day. Since showering was more difficult in the beginning, I would take epsom salt baths, as well. I also be sure to rub my leg and foot area with organic virgin coconut oil multiple times a day. This is nourishing for the skin, but also helps in healing bruises - along with being a natural antibacterial, anti fungal, and anti microbial.
Something else I've been taking is the protein-digesting enzyme, bromelain. I'm not only taking this to help heal my Hashimoto's disease (an autoimmune disease brought on by inflammation), but also because bromelain has significant anti-inflammatory properties and is very beneficial in healing issues with joints, tendons, and arthritis. Initially, I took some of Bob's Wobenzym-N, which is full of healing enzymes (especially bromelain). He's been taking it for a couple years now, since he had surgery for a meniscus tear in his knee. He notices a difference when he doesn't take it. I highly recommend it if you have any joint issues from arthritis or sports injuries. I ended up ordering a bottle of bromelain tablets to take (here) up to three times a day on an empty stomach. To learn more about all the benefits of bromelain, here's a good article.
As I said before, I'm 4 weeks into this unexpected side trip and the doctor said it would be 4-6 weeks of me wearing this boot. I'm anxious to see what the next two weeks has in store for me. I no longer need the crutches to get around, though I do take at least one of them when I leave the house in case I need it for support after standing for awhile. The boot can cause you to be off balance, as it sits higher than your normal bare foot. Having a shoe that sits close to that level is important and helpful in gaining the confidence to walk solely on the boot. It also takes the stress off your good foot. I have terribly flat feet and feel the pain in my arch area when that foot is bearing the brunt of the work.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a broken bone or injury, know that you have the power to affect how quickly and effectively your body heals. I hope you never have to find yourself in that situation (believe me), but if you do, I hope this helps.