As I explained in my post on extensor tendonitis, I’m injured.
Sooooo, I am on week 4 of complete rest, and I am going somewhat insane with cabin fever, but I am hanging in there…sort of…
Last time I updated, I was just starting complete rest and the light therapy. I’ve done the light therapy for 3 1/2 weeks now. I’m not sure if it’s really doing anything, so I am backing off on using it and will only use it sporadically here and there. At my last PT session, we decided to try putting me in one of those air boots. It felt okay for about 1/2 an hour, but after about 6 hours in that thing, my foot was actually feeling worse, so I decided that’s a no go. We also tried massage – hokey pete, that hurt!!! I didn’t want to do dry needling, so we tried “irritating” the area with massage. That turned out about as well as you would expect it to from the sounds of it – won’t be doing that again! I do think that once the pain settles down much more (yes, it has settled down some) that massage will be good for the tightness.
Okay, so let’s talk about some positives. The things I have noticed that have helped a bit are icing, resting, and eating as much turmeric as is humanly possible. I’m noticing that I can now sit indian style without much pain, which was an impossibility before. I also notice that I can wiggle, point and flex my toes with much less difficulty and pain.
I’m thinking I’m going to have to go old school with this injury and just follow R.I.C.E and stretches. I’ve notice that my body doesn’t seem to like anything aggressive, so I’m going to have to just be patient and gently guide my body in the right direction to healing. I’ll get there, it’s just going to take some time. I’m hoping to be walking again in another month or so, and then I will get back to running VERY slowly hopefully next fall.
***UPDATE: All together, it took about a year for things to calm down completely, however, I started running (slow and short distances) again 6 months in. After the 12 year mark, I was pretty much good to go, with flare ups here and there, and after about 18 months, I was completely healed with no more flare ups. If you’re dealing with extensor tendonitis, I highly recommend just doing the basics for treatment (rest, ice, etc.) and nothing too aggressive. Everything that I tried to do outside of the basics made things much worse and seemed to prolong recovery. At any rate though, I know this is a nasty injury, so just want to say that if you’re dealing with it – don’t worry – it will get better eventually…it just takes time! 🙂
So, as I mentioned, I have been eating TONS of turmeric!
This spice is one of the best anti-inflammatory spices you can possibly put in your body. Many people use it to treat pain as opposed to anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, because it’s MUCH better for your body, and it WORKS! I’ve been making a lot of rutabaga fries using turmeric as my seasoning. I also have a great recipe for turmeric cauliflower, and I’ve been eating it as much as possible! It’s delicious, easy to make, SO healthy, and STRONGLY anti-inflammatory! Not only is the turmeric anti-inflammatory, but so are ALL the other ingredients!
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC CAULIFLOWER
- Red Onion, chopped
- Cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- sea salt
1.) In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
2.) Add your cauliflower, garlic powder, turmeric, and sea salt. Stir to combine. Add a small amount of water, then cook until the cauliflower is tender (or to desired consistency), probably about 10 minutes.
Transfer to a plate, and enjoy! 🙂