How To Heal Bones/Fractures Naturally

Hi! On this blog post, I will be explaining to you what I did to heal my bone fracture naturally, without meds, or surgery.

First of all, let me give you a summary of how I actually broke my foot:

On June 29th, 2017, I skipped cutting my grass – that was super overgrown – to go run with my dog at the park like I always do. About 1 mile in, I stepped on the curb of the pathway, rolled my right foot to the side, and heard a pop as I fell to the ground. My foot hurt A LOT, and a nice person came up to me right away to help me out, but I said “it’s ok, I’m fine”, in embarrassment (such an idiotic move on my part). I thought I had just twisted my foot weirdly, so I got up and kept running (!!). I ran for about 100 years and…. my foot started throbbing in SO MUCH PAIN that I had to sit on the floor and hold my foot really tightly. If I let go of my foot, the weight of it would give me excruciating pain. If I put my foot on the floor, the pressure would make me want to pass out. And I had a dog on the leash to attend to. LOL. Boy, did I regret not getting the help of that guy?

I called my boyfriend and he said for me to sit still that he was on his way to me, but he would be there in about 20 min or so. I told him that sitting still in that much pain was going to be too painful, so I was going to try to make it back to my car.

I literally dragged myself to the car, hoping someone else would offer to help me, but no. When I was about 200 yards from my car, one of my clients who was at the park, saw me and came right up to me (thank God!). He basically carried me to my car.

So I got in my car and told my boyfriend to meet me at my house (about 5 min away from the park). Another terrible idea. I didn’t realize how much we need to step on the breaks to make our cars slow down. Holy crap!! It was definitely a 5 min adventure (like I needed any more).

My boyfriend pulled up at my house at the same time I did and helped me to my house. It was so hard to take my shoe off. I really thought about cutting my shoe in half. We got some ice for me to apply to my foot, and rushed to Urgent Care.

At the Urgent Care, they immediately put me in a wheelchair.

Believe it or not: as the nurse rolled me to the back room to see the doctor, she hit my foot against the door jamb, by accident. Can you believe that?? Well, I couldn’t and remember screaming from the top of my lungs, in pain.

This is how my foot looked while I waited for the doctor to come in:

Here is my boyfriend, being supportive of me at the Urgent Care: <3

They took x-rays of my foot and the doctor said that he didn’t want to tell me what I needed to do yet, but that I needed to see a specialist right away. He said that I broke a bone in my foot in 2 ways; 2 different types of fractures: a Jones Fracture and a Vulture fracture, something that doesn’t usually happens together (I really think that the vulture fracture was caused by the nurse rolling me in the wheelchair). The doctor said that I needed surgery on it, and that’s why I needed to see a specialist. He called a specialist for me, from Urgent Care, and scheduled an appointment for me that afternoon.

(Learn more about Jones Fractures here)

Here is the X-ray of my foot, the day I broke it:

Picture with a negative filter, for easier view

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Zoom in of my broken foot: you can see the Jones fracture go down from the side of my foot.

Here is the Xray of a foot that doesn’t have a Jones Fracture (I got this picture from the internet):

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I got this picture from the internet. This person doesn’t have a fracture.


ALWAYS LOOK FOR 2ND AND 3RD OPINIONS

The specialist saw my x-rays and told me that I needed surgery. I asked him: “Is that my only option?”, and he said: “well, we can wait a couple of weeks to see how it looks and decide from there, if you want.” And of course, I chose that route.

During those 2 weeks, I had to wear a Moon Boot and couldn’t even take it off to sleep, like the doctor had told me that I could. No, I could not: the weight of my foot hurt way too much, even with the boot, and I couldn’t even sleep on my right or left sides.

Anyway, to make a long story short, 2 weeks later I went back to the orthopedic doctor and my foot had gotten worse. The doctor insisted in performing surgery on my foot because he said that the Jones Fracture affects the blood supply to my foot, and if it kept getting worse, I could have ended up having to amputate it.

I looked for 2nd and 3rd opinions from different doctors, but they all said the same thing.

Three weeks later, I still couldn’t even put my foot on the floor due to the pain. If I put it down, the blood would accumulate in it and would only go up my leg once I put my foot up again.

Foot Down

Edema with my foot down

Foot Up

Something that was really weird was that during the 2nd-month post breaking my foot, the pain would get MUCH WORSE if I had my foot up! To the point that I would wake up in pain and had to stand up for a while, putting my foot down (without putting it on the floor). I would have to do that many times/night. You would think that I had to elevate my foot to feel less pain (just like I did at first), but if I did, my foot would feel incredibly worse during the 2nd month. So I just listened to my body and did what it told me to do.

I had to keep going back to the specialist every 2 weeks, for x-rays. On the 3rd month, in one of my visits, I asked the doctor to please stop insisting in getting me in to having surgery because I was feeling better and, even though my foot x-ray may not have been looking good, I could feel that my foot was getting better: I was able to move it more, I could even put it on the floor and walk on it with the boot, and the pain would only come back if I hit it, or stood for too long. I told him to give me another 3 months and if the x-rays didn’t get better by December (6 months after I broke my foot), that I would have the surgery. He said “ok”, and told me to make an appointment anytime between then and December, if I felt that it was getting worse, in any way.

STAY ACTIVE

By month number 3, I was already active. In fact, I never stopped being active. I didn’t do anything for the weekend of 4th of July (clearly), but by July 9th I was already trying to go to the beach.

The way I thought of it was: “If I’m gonna be forced to take time off from work, I’m gonna try to make the best out of it!”

(That day on the beach was one of excruciating pain, though. I did regret going because my foot was throbbing while I was laying on the beach waiting for my boyfriend to come back from the jetski to help me back to the car.)

After I was able to lift my foot off the ground without pain, I got something called the iWalk 2.0 (I call it “my Robocop leg”. Lol). It’s a crutch that allowed me to walk around hands-free (if you have to use crutches, you know how annoying it is not to be able to cook, bring dishes to and from the kitchen, or even hold your purse or answer your cell phone! So this thing is a life saver!

Me on the iWalk 2.0 crutches

The only down side about the iWalk is that after a little while we start having a little pain in our lower back because, since there’s no “knee”, we have to lift our leg with our hip, to be able to step up (it’s just like having a leg without a knee). Besides that, if you decide to get one, make sure you have someone near you when you first start using it because you will almost fall MANY times before you get the hang of it. I had my boyfriend “save” me many times until I learned how to use it well.

Here are some pictures of me having fun with a broken foot. As the pain subsided, the more I was able to do:

I never stopped doing yoga, even with my moon boot!

In the back of my boyfriend’s jetski watching the sunset. He drove reeeaaaalllly slow.

Four months after I broke my foot, in Ashville, NC for my birthday

MY LAST DOCTOR’S VISIT

On December 18th, I had to go back to the orthopedic doctor for more x-rays. I mean, I wasn’t very nervous, but that specific day my foot didn’t feel 100%. Every now and then I would feel a little more pain than others, depending on what I did the day before, and some times the bone that I had broken would pop (without pain), as if I had an extra joint on my foot. I just didn’t want my x-rays to come back badly because I really didn’t want to have surgery…

That day, they sent me to get x-rays two times: after the first time, the tech went to get me again, because the doctor wanted more x-rays. I thought that maybe I had moved, or something like that.

When the doctor came to the room, he looked and me and said, literally: “What the HELL have you been doing?”
And I thought to myself: “OMG… I totally messed this up.”
But he continued to say: “I can’t even tell that you broke your foot! I mean, I don’t even see a sign that you had a fracture on your foot, none the less, a Jones Fracture! Can you please tell me what you did for your foot to look so good? I would love to pass it on to my patients!”
And I said “sure, just don’t forget to send me a check at the end of every month!”… JUST KIDDING! 😀
I DID tell him though, that he shouldn’t charge me for the 2nd set of x-rays. He laughed at it, but then, for my surprise, I got a check in the mail in April of this year!

I gotta say, I was proud of myself at that moment! And I was also very happy that the doctor wanted to take notes to pass on to his patients.

HERE IS WHAT I DID FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER I BROKE MY FOOT.
It’s what I recommend you to do to heal YOUR bones as well:

  1. The first thing you need to do is TRUST YOUR BODY’S ABILITY TO HEAL ITSELF. If you don’t believe that you can heal yourself, you simply won’t. You have to believe this with all that you have and without a doubt, so that your brain can send every signal it can to your body, to do its thing.
  2. If you broke or strained a body part, immobilize it for 3 months, even to sleep, no matter what.
  3. Don’t do anything during the first month (you won’t be able to anyway – LOL). Just focus on RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
  4. After the 1st month, or when you can do things without putting pressure on whatever you hurt (in my case, when I could put my foot on the floor without pain (not walking, just putting it on the floor)) Stay active but listen to your body. If something you do hurts more than a “7” on a scale of “0-10”, don’t do it.
  5. If you wake up not feeling as good as you did the day before, take the day off, on the couch, and RICE.
  6. Do some type of exercise activity: It can be yoga, dips, sit-ups, whatever. Besides doing yoga, I did a bunch of exercises with weights, for my arms, did squats on my knees, sit-ups, and started doing pull-ups – something that I couldn’t do before I broke my foot!… Some days I only stretched, when I felt tired.
  7. If you are tired, SLEEP. Don’t force yourself to stay up if you are tired. In fact, the more you sleep, the better. That is because our bodies only heal when we sleep and release growth hormones. This is very crucial when trying to heal a broken bone. We need growth hormones as much as we can get!
  8. Do 16:8, 18:6 Intermittent Fasting (IF). That means, fast for 16 (or 18) hours and eat during an 8hr (or 6hr) window. Don’t eat fewer calories than you should; just eat in a smaller window of time. IF encourages the release of growth hormones as well!
  9. Cryotherapy. This means, ICE, ICE, ICE. I think I iced my foot every single day, for 6 months. Since I am certified in cryotherapy, I started from the get-go, the day I broke my foot. Do it not only where you injured your bone, but also around where you broke it. This will encourage new blood flow into your injury when the temperature starts going back to normal. If you can’t do cryotherapy, ice your injury and around it. I did cryotherapy on my foot (top, bottom, as well as shin and calf). If you want to find someone who is certified in Cryotherapy, read this blog post first.
  10. On month 3 until 6, start dipping your injury in hot wax. That means paraffin work. You can buy a paraffin machine on Amazon, for very cheap. Here is a link for you, of one similar to mine: Paraffin Machine. There are other ones that are cheaper and work just as well. Just make sure that they are big enough to fit your injured body part. I added a pinch of cayenne pepper and camphor to my wax to stimulate circulation and healing. It’s easy to get this done every day because it feels so incredibly nice! Make a thick layer of wax by dipping your injured body part 10 times in the wax, and leave it on for at least 20 min, in a plastic bag, or plastic film. Then simply take it off.
  11. On month 4, in addition to Cryotherapy and Paraffin work, start with Cupping Therapy, once a week. This will further stimulate healing, in the deeper layers of muscles, getting even closer to your bones, tendons, and ligaments. Also read this post before looking for a therapist, to be safe!
  12. STEP WITH YOUR HEALS BAREFOOT. As soon as you can start walking again, it doesn’t matter if you broke your arm or torn your elbow; walking with our heals sends a message to our brains through neurotransmitters to stimulate bone growth. To make sure that I was doing this enough, as soon as I was able to walk with very little pain, I started going to the gym to simply walk on the treadmill, on the incline. I wore a very cheap, crappy pair of shoes with thin soles, and walked on the biggest incline that I could, at least 30 min 3x/week, besides my usual walk-around at home, every day, barefoot.
  13. Take Collagen Powder and 1,200mg of Magnesium – they are extremely important during bone/ligament/tendon formation.
  14. THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP: Eat an alkaline diet. This means, a diet FULL of vegetables and fruits with very minimal, if none, grains, packaged foods, and aminal products. The reason for this is because when our bodies are alkaline, our bodies become a very effective self-healing machine!
  15. Make sure you eat PLENTY of celery and squash every day. Their enzymes are great at stimulating bone growth. I made sure I ate a lot of it per day by putting them in my soup (I call it my “Superpower Soup”) along with some lima and kidney beans, to add more iron to my diet as well. Here is the recipe for my Superpower Soup, if you’d like to watch it on my Youtube channel. Besides eating the soup, I also juiced a bunch of celery every morning and drank it on an empty stomach, breaking my 16hr fast, to make sure that I was getting the enzymes in my body!

My Superpower Soup

I know that this sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. What you need to focus on during the time that you are healing, is to trust your body and feed it what it needs, to perform at its best.

Disclaimer: this whole post is based on my own experience, pain, and recover. Always advise your doctor of your changes in diet and exercise, especially when you are taking medication.

One thing that I have learned after all of this: if your grass needs cutting, don’t skip it! LOL

Do you have any self-healing experiences of yourself that you want to share? If so, please share on the comments of this post; I would love to know!

I hope that this post was informative to you. When you heal yourself from your injury, please don’t forget to let me know!

As always, choose to be healthy!

Much love and healing being sent out to all of you!

Gabi Brandao
Disease Prevention Advocate, Blogger, Author, Speaker, Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and Licensed Medical Massage Practitioner by the Virginia Board of Nursing

I want to thank my boyfriend for taking care of me during my first month and a half post-injury. He went above and beyond to make me feel more comfortable and, above all, he made me happy through it all. I love you, Boo. <3

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