Thank you for all the recommendations on what the next step should be with my foot. My doctor basically gave me no further direction, so I took it in my own hands and went to see a chiropractor.
Why a Chiropractor? Well, I have had several issues/injuries in my body and they are always on my right side. My gut instinct told me there must be something wrong with the way I am walking or running, so I wanted to go to someone who could assess my alignment and make recommendations. I know that I walk differently on my right foot now (more on the outside, so as to avoid the injured portion) and it’s only a matter of time before that starts to create problems elsewhere.
Just like in life, when you are out of balance on one part, the other parts have to pick up the slack and sometimes they cannot handle the new stress load.
I specifically chose someone who works with athletes. I did not want another doctor telling me that surgery and medication was my only answer! I can tell you that after only my FIRST visit with the Chiropractor, I was walking 25x better than before my visit. I was so ecstatic and really have a renewed sense of hope that I WILL be running again very soon.
Here are some highlights from my visits:
*Deep tissue massage of all the muscles of the foot, which are extremely tight. If your muscles are bunched up in a knot, they cannot work properly. Many people think that massage is a luxury, but in reality it is necessary for someone who is active. When was the last time you had a massage?
*HEAT. (OK, this is my favorite part of the appointment!) I get to lie on a table, wrapped in this cozy heat pack for ten full minutes. Not only is this warming up all my muscles, but it does wonders for my stressed out brain!
*Manipulation and adjustment: she did some major adjustments to my neck and back (ouch), places where my alignment was out of whack. She then performed ART (Active Release Techniques) on my foot which is a “state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.” I plan to write a more detailed post about it later; it really is fantastic!
These actions have allowed me to fully move my toe back and forth, which up until this point I was unable to do. She was able to break up a lot of the scar tissue and I am so happy with the results so far!
She confirmed my belief the physical therapy is ESSENTIAL after surgery and that I will definitely benefit from orthotics to help correct my gait and hopefully prevent the bone spur from returning anytime in the next twenty years!
I know that some people don’t think Chiropractors are real doctors, but I am so happy with my treatment that I can (literally) jump up and down!
Have you had any experiences (good or bad) with a Chiropractor? I’d love to hear about them.
photo credit: Shane Vigil