Just want to put my 2 cents about the amazing healing benefits of castor oil.
Several years ago, I had a bad UTI which I couldn't get rid of so went to doc and was put on Cipro, which attacked my Achilles' tendons on both ankles.
The pain was excruciating. Docs gave me a muscle relaxant, which did nothing. As a last resort, I had my hubby rub castor oil on my ankles several times a day. Took pain away within one day...haven't had a problem since...
I might add that I since found out there was a class-action suit against the makers of Cipro as it was causing tendon ruptures in many people. Guess I was lucky and the Castor oil healed it on me. I use it for many things, including the packs, and take it orally occasionally, but only organic cold-pressed and hexane-free.
Just wanted to share an experience I had with castor oil. I was given Cipro for a UTI and had a severe reaction.....it attacked both Achilles tendons. ER did nothing to help and pain was excruciating. I had my hubby rub castor oil on my ankles several times a day and after a few days, I was better. Cipro (I found out later) can cause tears in Achilles and other tendons in body. DO NOT TAKE IT!
A few months ago, my husband had a tear in his achilles tendon. The podiatrist gave him some sort of splint to wear, even before the mri results came back, but it didn't really seem to help. One evening, I rubbed some castor oil on the bottom of his foot and up the back of his leg. The pain subsided about 75%, and he healed very quickly from that point on.
I learned that pectin was the culprit for my "Achilles heel". Pectin is another hidden source of MSG. When I learned the possible cause of pain so bad I could hardly walk, I eliminated pectin from my diet and voila the pain went away.
It is important to mention that, for years, I had been in the process of weeding MSG out of my diet which included the flowing agent in common table salt.
I ran a marathon on a Sunday. Not until the following Monday evening, but without a doubt, I had some serious inflammation in my achilles. Ouch. I went to the doc, who told me to get a small brace from cvs and lay off it for a while. And take some ibuprofen.
I received moxibustion at a previous Acupunture visit. As well as a stick to do it myself. I combo'd the heat, then cupping on the calf, the tendon and the bottom of the foot. the swelling reduced drastically!! And the pain was only minimal. After two treatments and some stretching.
I later went to the Acupunture clinic (PCOM) and received about 10 mini needles in my ankle and a few others to fill the path. I am going to lay off it for another week for safety sake, but I feel cured.
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
PINCHING AND PINCH TEST
At the beginning of October 2022, I injured my achilles trekking up hills, going too fast. I read this is common for those who walk up hills or run hills, that it stretches the Achilles tendon too much and can tear or rupture. The best way I can describe the injury is that when I straighten out my leg and point my toes upwards or point the toes back towards the shin (stretching toes backwards essentially), it feels like sharp knives in my heel as if it's ripping tissues and ligaments to shreds.
I'm not officially diagnosed since I never went to the hospital or doctor Dr. but when I do the Achilles Pinch Test by pinching the back of my achilles, in a certain area of being pinched (outer edge of left ankle / achilles), I can feel the sensation a couple inches lower in the bottom of my heel (towards the outer edge of the left heel).
So I'm assuming there is some nerve damaged in the achilles that runs down into the heel. I don't know officially what this is, but from what I read, I believe this to be either Achilles Tendonitis or an Achilles Tendon Tear of some sort, but definitely not an Achilles Rupture.
I have been spraying it with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and then lathering it with Castor Oil. The pain didn't seem to change until I looked into the Achilles Pinch Test. The test is supposed to see if you have a rupture or not (your toes will not move or twitch if there's a full on rupture).
But I noticed that even though it was painful to pinch the back of my achilles heel (it would send a vibration of pain from the outer edge of the Achilles down 1 or 2 inches to the outer edge and bottom of the Left Heel), I started pinching it with it lathered in castor oil. I would also use my knee-bone as a massage tool to run my achilles up and down it.
After I started pinching it, I noticed the day after, it would be puffy and filled with fluid. I've now noticed that the pain is subsiding more and more every day since I figured this out at the beginning of November 2022. I read that this is actually what Laser therapy does, it causes fluid to go to the injured site, which allows more nutrients to get to it. And there is already a lack of blood flow to the Tendons (especially Achilles Tendon).
A couple days ago, the pinching method hurt when I would pinch, and now I feel the sensation down at the bottom edge of my heel, but it's not as painful as it was before. I'm also walking better. I will come back here and update what has happened by the start of 2023. I have a feeling that he blood flow issue to the Achilles Tendon is the real problem and if you pinch it and massage it enough, it will heal more quickly.
I have struggled with Achilles tendonitis in first one heel and then the other. The trick for me was to switch from a soft soled running shoe to a stiffer one. The theory is that the food gets lazy in a soft, squishy shoe and a stiffer one makes the foot work harder, taking pressure off the Achilles tendon. I switched shoes last week and already I am having some relief. I also found that having too low a heel in my running shoes did not help.
I'm a 45 year old male who used to be athletic. Over the last 5 years I lived a sedentary life and gained weight. I am trying to get back into shape by playing basketball and tennis. Unfortunately my Achilles tendons felt as if they were going to tear after a short period of exercise. I tried stretching, rest, ice, compression, elevation, etc. No help.
Then I purchased turmeric capsules and a small bottle of DMSO. I took the turmeric, 500 mg, two times a day and rubbed the DMSO on my afflicted area. IMMEDIATELY I saw improvement. I now play regularly with no pain whatsoever. Occasionally I'll have pain elsewhere and I'll rub the DMSO on it. I continue to take the turmeric daily.
I suffered with Achilles tendonitis for 2 years and the doctors and physical therapists wee making it worse. Then I meet a new PT who fixed the problem in one month with soft stretching exercises, walking different (I used to walk toe to heel) and Vitamin E Oil.
Try rubbing Vitamin E Oil in that area until it warms up once or twice a day, especially prior to exercise. The amount is whatever is enough to cover the area and soak through. Make sure to keep it warm after, fast cool downs of the tendon seem to cause problems.