RICE Is Often Best for Injured Feet
Imagine this: You’ve sustained a foot or ankle injury or you’re recovering from foot and ankle surgery, and your board-certified podiatrist suggests RICE to aid in your recovery. Confusing, right? What does what you eat have to do with how quickly you get better?
When your foot doctor talks about RICE, s/he isn’t referring to your diet. RICE is an acronym for effective at-home therapy, and it’s often the key to quick healing.
R stands for Rest. Get off your feet. Don’t push it. Give your injury the time and space it needs to get better.
I is for Ice. The cold will often reduce bruising and swelling by causing the vessels in the injured area to constrict and reduce the flow of blood. There’s no need to invest in a fancy ice pack. A bag of frozen peas will do the trick! Remember not to apply ice or anything frozen directly to your skin. Create a barrier with a towel or other piece of cloth.
C refers to gentle Compression. You can wrap the injured area with a bandage to relieve swelling and inflammation. If numbness occurs, check to be sure that you haven’t applied the dressing too tightly.
Finally, E means Elevation. When you lie down, life your feet above the level of your heart by propping them on a pillow.
If you have sustained a sports injury or had something occur that causes pain in your foot or ankle, the first thing to do is to see your podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, a foot doctor like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. S/he will examine your feet, ankles, and lower legs, diagnose your issue, and provide expert treatment and follow up care.