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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Injuries
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No, this isn’t another blog about nutrition and your feet. The RICE we’re referring to here is a way of relieving symptoms and initially treating a foot or ankle injury. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want patients to know that if you begin treating a podiatric injury promptly you can decrease the discomfort of your symptoms and actually help speed the healing process. RICE is an easy way to remember some key steps to take when you have hurt your foot or ankle:

REST—it’s imperative that you stop whatever activity you are doing as soon as you injure your foot or ankle. “Playing through the pain,” will result in greater damage to the affected area and may even lead to a secondary injury. The best way to protect your foot is to get off it! Avoid standing and walking as much as possible until our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can evaluate your injury and determine the best course of treatment.

ICE—icing the part of your foot or ankle that has been hurt will reduce pain and swelling. Controlling swelling is the first step in the healing process. Don’t put ice directly on the skin, however. Wrap it in a thin towel and apply to your foot for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week.

COMPRESSION—wrapping the ankle or the part of the foot that has been hurt with a compression wrap is another way to decrease swelling. It will also increase circulation which is key to recovery. A compression wrap can also provide support and increase stability as you heal.

ELEVATION—rest your injured limb by propping it up on pillows or putting it on something that raises it higher than the level of your heart. This will help the excess fluid that is causing the swelling to be reabsorbed back into your body.

RICE is not intended to take the place of a podiatrist’s care. Its appropriate use is to provide maximum comfort and protect the injured area until you see the foot doctor. If you have injured your foot or ankle contact our Washington office as soon as possible for an appointment by calling: 724-225-7410.

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