By: Brittni Suraci
Having any sort of procedure or even injury we all look for ways to speed up the healing process. For foot pain we look at shoe inserts, for a toothache, we swish warm salt water around. We as humans gravitate towards instant gratification and want to be pain-free as fast as possible. Surgery, such as bunion surgery does take time to heal and recover from, but what if I told you there was something that might help with the healing process after your Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction, or any other foot and ankle surgery that you may undergo at Foot and Ankle Center of Iowa?
Did you know that Pineapples have a healing power? This sweet tropical fruit is made up of an enzyme known as Bromelain. Bromelain has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. This enzyme is well absorbed in the body and can be a helpful in many ways. Bromelain has been used in the relief of Osteoarthritis, Cardiovascular support, Cancer Cells, and even with Surgery. Our bodies can absorb about 12 grams a day of bromelain without any major side effects. It has been shown through mixed studies that this enzyme may reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain after surgery. In such studies patient having dental, nasal, and foot surgery seen a significant reduction of inflammation. Who knew that a little pineapple juice could help with so much! This may be a perfect adjunct to add to your post-operative healing course.
Of course, it is always best to consult with your Surgeon or Primary Care Provider on whether you can use this as method to help expedite your healing or care for an and all issues. Just ask them if Bromelain can help! There are other great benefits to a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables during your recovery as well.