Wednesday, September 4, 2013

RICE it up when it comes to Foot Pain

If you've hurt your foot or ankle, it's best to err on the side of caution. The acronym RICE can help you remember what to do:

Rest—Rest the affected area. Stay off the injured foot or ankle until it can be fully evaluated. Walking, running, or playing sports on an injured foot or ankle may make the injury worse.

Ice—Apply ice to the affected area as soon as possible, and reapply it for 15–20 minutes every three or four hours for the first 48 hours after injury. Ice can decrease inflammation.

Compression—Wrap an elastic bandage (such as an Ace® wrap) around the affected foot or ankle. The wrapping should be snug, but not so tight as to cut off circulation.

Elevation—Elevate the affected extremity on a couple of pillows; ideally, your foot or ankle should be higher than your heart. Keeping your foot or ankle elevated also decreases swelling.

Dr. Andrew Saffer of the Carolina Foot Specialists office in MT Pleasant can help if foot pain is hindering your daily activities.

His office is located at 501 Bramson Ct, Suite 301 in Mount Pleasant. Call him today at 843-654-8250

Dr. Andrew Saffer, DPM 

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