A few years ago I experienced several months of terrible pain in my left foot due to Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, I was able to get treatment from a great podiatrist who specializes in sports medicine. In addition to the normal treatment regimen for my medical problems she suggested I use Traumeel, a homeopathic anti-inflammatory and analgesic ointment.
I am not a medical doctor and am not offering medical advice, but I love Traumeel! Without any doubt it is the best over-the-counter product I have ever used for bruises, muscle aches, pains and strains. The phrase “all natural ingredients” usually doesn’t mean a lot to me since all I care about is the result. Well, Traumeel is not only made with “all natural ingredients,” but it works great. Traumeel is available in several forms, including as an ointment, a gel, and in tablet form. I prefer the ointment since I massage it into sore muscles and tendons, but I have read that the gel is faster acting.
Traumeel is non-greasy and odor free. A 3.5 ounce tube (100 g) of ointment retails for $30.00, but you can find it from several online sources for around $20. I think every cyclist ought to have a tube of Traumeel waiting for them when they get home from a long ride!