CALLING ALL HEALERS - Extremely tight feet/ High Arch/ Severe hammer toes - Please help
Hello everybody.. I am seeking desperate help for my knees, ankles, feet and toes. They appear extremely tight and slightly deformed. I would assume that this stemmed from wearing extremely tight footwear as a kid and also with the countless amount of ankle injuries I have suffered. I have been casted on my left ankle from a skateboarding accident when I was a teen and had no real physical therapy afterwards. I have very limited range of motion as far as dorsiflexion. Can barely move my toes unless if I'm stepping on something hard thats penetrating directly into the center of my foot which HURTS like a mofo (like a wooden foot roller). The fascia underneath my feet is very hard and tough (thick) and it seems that this is why my toes curl. I do not know where the main issue is stemming from - my knees? ankles? hips? calves? tendons?
I have been to a professional Rolfer before which he was stumped and wasn't really sure how to handle it. I've had an herbalist tell me I needed deep foot bodywork consistently and I've had many conventional doctors just tell me it was fine as long as it wasn't hurting me that I would be fine and that if I wanted surgery that that would be optimal if pain proceeds. The thing is.. I am not in pain - it's just extremely tight, uncomfortable and ugly looking and I want to fix it. And I haven't met any person yet that can guide me in the right direction. I don't think the bones are set in place because I can, with some force, bend them to look normal. I can sit in a full lotus which means I have some degree of flexibility in them but still... dorsiflexion is almost impossible. I can't even extend my toes without will of force.
The ankle portion (lateral malleolus) always appears to be swollen - from the time I actually injured it, and the swelling never seems to fully go down. I was reading in this book "Back to Eden" that this man with swollen feet and ankles did contrast bathing (alternating hot, cold water) tried that immediately by following through with soaking his feet in kerosene and the swelling reducing to almost noting afterwards. I tried researching this method and couldn't find anything on it.
Honestly, I am willing to try anything. Even if somebody wanted to re-break the bone so that it may heal properly. What I have been doing which brings about momentary positive change is wearing these rubber toe correctors (which starts to hurt after 5 + hours of wearing them), using the wooden foot roller, doing deep work on my calves and behind my knee, burying my feet in the sand, certain yoga postures and foam rolling. I have never seen anybody with feet like mine - they just look like prehistoric monkey feet and I honestly just want to love them. Can anybody please help me or recommend somebody who might be able to?
Thank you sincerely,
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