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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: injury  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we see many patients with foot and ankle injuries. The actions that patients take immediately following an injury can have a significant impact on the start of the healing process and ultimately the length of time a full recovery will require. It’s important that you seek medical care at our Pooler, GA office as soon as possible after hurting your toe, foot or ankle. While you wait for your appointment, you can employ the RICE regimen to help make yourself as comfortable as possible and start the healing process.

Rest: What’s the first thing you should do after you hurt your foot? Stop! Immediately leave the field or court if you are playing a sport. If you are just walking or doing another everyday activity, get off your feet. Sports slogans such as “no pain, no gain,” and “play through the pain” have created a false and dangerous impression of how to respond to pain. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something has gone wrong. Continuing to bear weight on an injured foot or ankle is a surefire way to increase the damage and perhaps even cause an additional injury.

Ice: Icing the injured area will accomplish a couple of things. First, it will make you feel better by reducing the pain. Second, icing will help control the swelling—the first step in the recovery process. The proper way to ice an injury is to apply ice or an ice pack wrapped in a towel—never apply ice directly to the bare skin—for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. You can do this 3 or more times a day.

Compression: applying a compression wrap to the affected area will reduce swelling as well. It will also provide some support for the injured part of your foot and increase circulation, another key to speedy healing. You can use a compression wrap in conjunction with or after icing.

Elevation: Raising your foot above the level of your heart will help reduce the swelling and allow the extra fluid to be taken up by the rest of your body.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will assess your injury and prescribe the best course of treatment to restore the full function of your foot. Call The Foot & Ankle Center, PC at (912) 330–8885 to schedule your appointment and, in the meantime, use RICE to relieve symptoms. 

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