Posted tagged ‘feet pain’

My Big Fat Bunion IV

September 18, 2010

my yucky bunion

Wait till you see this.  I let my toenails grow just to show you that it really is a few weeks later.  Same foot.  Same toes.  My feet feel great.  The toe does not ache.  But I can not take it any more.  I have to cut the toenails, the length is driving me crazy.  As a reminder, I treated the big fat bunion and it was amazing the stuff, the strain letting go, I kept yammering on about it through the posts.  Then I decided to treat the other toe because my history of wearing 3 inch clunky heels would affect even the better foot.  I was disappointed that there was no tingling sensations.  This is understandable because it was not in pain or even discomfort.  To my suprise, even the angulation on the good toe is improved.

So here you have it – proof that bunions do not require a surgical solution.  It was gentle.  It was amazing.  I believe I may call this a CURE FOR BUNIONS.  If you opt for surgery, just beware what you will be getting into.  Read my blog on Bunion and Valgus Knee – Carla’s foot looks curled in.  Of course! Surgery causes scarring and the tissues tightens, contractures and turns in.  Weight bearing becomes altered and callouses form on different places on the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis is Not Plantar Fasciitis

September 4, 2010

This is one of my newest epiphanies. It seems that many of my male patients tell me that they have been diagnosed with ‘plantar fasciitis.’ ??? This diagnosis is given to those who have pain on the soles of their feet with walking; it is worse in the am and after activity and ‘stretching’ the ligaments of the feet, the pain gets better throughout the day.

I always, invariably, end up telling my patients, “Plantar-schmantar, blah-blah-blah.” I do not wish to demean their pain but this is not what it seems. Instead I tell my patients that “plantar fasciitis is a distal manifestation of a proximal problem.” This means that men who are/were active have acquired multiple strains which lock up their body, especially the pelvis, SI joints and lower back.  For women, it can come from mild traumas and after giving birth, months and even years later. This affects their gait and over time causes additional strains on the legs. I always end up being able to prove to them that I am right (and consequently everyone else wrong); I can say this because I learned all this from a great old Old Time Osteopath. In my treatment sessions the pain changes or even goes away immediately.

So, essentially, what does the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis mean? One, the patient usually has multiple problems. i.e., they are really messed up. Second, they seriously need to be treated globally by an osteopathic physician. What happens if the patient never gets treated? MDs will advise stretching, special shoes. Podiatrists will offer orthotics. Some patients will resort to prolotherapy (injections of a sugar solution). All these options are merely crutches that support the longstanding accumulated strains. Eventually, the patient will pay.

Toby would have been diagnosed with ‘plantar fasciitis’ if he had seen a doctor for his feet pain.  It is only later on his second visit that he tells me he stopped walking on his treadmill because of it.  Hear what he has to say:

previsit video:
postfirstvisit video: 

Oh yeah, my latest patient testimony is soooo cool.  His predicament is so funny, we three(he, his wife and I), all just have to laugh it.  Watch it here, it is hilarious:

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My Big Fat Bunion III

September 3, 2010

I apologize for this perseveration.  I promise this will be my last post on my bunion.  Again, I am still amazed at how wonderful it feels.  I will probably continue to marvel at this development at least for another week (as I have done in the past over other osteopathic epiphanies).  I could not help myself.  I am a picker.  I have to ‘get’ at it.  So last night I grabbed my big toe and fat bunion joint and went at it again.  OOOh, it feels so good.  This time, I treat even the tarsal bone below the bunion.  Later in the evening, my little piggies ache and this time even the other tarsal bones ache, this area is pretty  much the whole “ball of the feet.” The foot feels so good.  Treating my toe and foot returned the foot to about 95% of what it should be.  It seems sad that I am celebrating a return to normal.  My foot had been stuck at a functional fairly decent 75% .  So now, I want the ‘normal’ foot to feel as good.  Last night I take a crack at it.  Alas!  No release.

I think I will make this bunion and feet month.  I have some great photos.  I am starting to get busy.  All this week, I am getting a lot of leg cases too.  I think my goal now is to photograph every new case if I can.  Most of the time when I snap a photo, even I am skeptical that there will be an immediate change.  I can’t wait for my next bunion case, it will be walking in next week.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Do This

July 24, 2010

This foot belongs to my patient Susan P.  She and I wanted to share with the world what happens after multiple surgeries.  Do not believe that cutting into any muscle is going to relieve you of pain, especially in the foot.  The tissue scars up and the muscle, in medical lingo, contractures.  In patients who have bunion surgery, after the tissue heals, the podiatrists just look at the LOOK of the bunion.  They don’t question the function of the foot.  Please read my previous posts about feet pain.  Feet problems are never local to the foot.  Feet pain is a distal manifestation of a proximal problem.  With Susie, now that the foot is messed up, I always have to calm down the spasms.  She does not leave a session without me treating her knee, hips, back, neck and head.  The cause is always upstream and the answer is always osteopathic manipulative treatments to that cause – which is vector reduction of the distal strain.  For more pictures of what the foot looks like after bunion surgery, look at my prior post