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By Crofton Podiatry
April 04, 2018
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: swelling   falls   Orthotics   sprains   compression   sports injuries  

Quick! What do you do when you’ve injured your foot or ankle? Do you shake it off? Put some ice on it? Rush off to the emergency room?

Well, let’s start with the type of injury you’ve got and how severe it is. Many injuries, including falls, trips, sprains, bruises, and sports injuries tend to be mild or moderate. In most cases, if you can tolerate the pain or the pain comes and goes, you may not need emergency medical attention. Instead, you may be able to use the RICE method to keep symptoms at bay. Read on to learn more about the first step of treatment after a foot or ankle injury.

(Of course, if you’re not sure, or if symptoms do not get better in a few days, it’s best to seek medical attention.)

What is the RICE method? R = Rest, I = Ice, C = Compression, E = Elevation

After an injury, you may experience pain, redness, bruising, and/or swelling. To keep these symptoms at bay, use the RICE method. You’ll want to REST by stopping what you’re doing and waiting until you heal to get back into walking, running, or playing a sport. If you get back to using your injured foot or ankle too soon, you risk re-injuring it or making things worse. Better to miss out a little now, than to worsen the injury and require more treatment later.

ICING the injury can help reduce pain and swelling. Apply a cold compress to the injury for 15 minutes at a time to get the best results.

Additionally, if you use COMPRESSION socks or bandages around the impacted area, you can prevent excessive swelling as the body tries to protect the injured foot or ankle. It can promote healing by allowing for healthy circulation of blood and fluids.

Finally, whenever you can, ELEVATE the injured body part, also to promote circulation and reduce excessive swelling. If possible, raise the foot or ankle above heart level when you are lying down, and propped up a bit when sitting.

An injury doesn’t have to make you stop everything – but you should listen to your body and slow down. If you need better shoes or orthotics to support your feet, or if your mild injury seems to feel worse even when you apply RICE, make an appointment to come see us. Call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505 to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. He can assess your injury and prescribe the proper treatment. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
May 31, 2017
Tags: swelling   foot   ankle   compression   elevation  

Your body can experience many things each day. It works hard to keep you healthy and comfortable, so that you can keep being you. However, when certain things are out of alignment or unhealthy, your body may not be able to keep up with the changes. One of the consequences of healthy issues and injury can be swelling.

Some swelling is not usually cause for alarm. Your body can exhibit peripheral edema (swelling) from pregnancy, long periods of inactivity, standing for a long time, medication, being overweight, injury, or other medical complications. Minor swelling that subsides after some home treatment can be a normal bodily response. However, when the swelling does not go down, gets worse, or swells unevenly in the body (like in one leg but not the other) it’s best to get it promptly checked by a medical professional.

Some home treatments you can try to reduce uncomfortable and sometimes painful swelling in the feet and ankles include:

  • Compression– Compression socks or stockings are helpful in preventing swelling in the first place. They help promote circulation and reduce the amount of fluid that can build up in your lower extremities.
     
  • Elevation – To allow the fluid buildup to return and circulate back into the rest of the body. Elevating your feet can help counter the effects of gravity, which keeps fluid down in the feet and legs.

  • Exercise – Swimming is a particularly good exercise for relieving swelling. The water pressure encourages circulation and while you’re floating in the water, you put less weight on your feet. Yoga also promotes good circulation! Any type of activity, really, can help you increase circulation so that fluid doesn’t pool at your feet.

  • Weight Loss – For some, excessive weight can cause swelling due to extra pressure that your feet have to support. Losing weight can help reduce that chronic swelling.

  • Epsom Salt/Magnesium supplements – Epsom salt baths can relieve pain related to swelling. Magnesium also helps limit water retention, which can lead to swelling.

  • Hydration – If you don’t get enough water intake, excessive salt build up in your body can cause excessive water retention. That’s why you can feel bloated after eating a lot of salty foods. Drinking enough water can help flush out extra salt and toxins.

  • Massage – A foot rub not only relaxes the feet and helps relieve tension and pain, it can also encourage circulation of fluids that make your feet swell. Give yourself a little foot rub or treat yourself to some time with a masseuse!

Have concerns about swelling in your feet and/or ankles? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to get an assessment to make sure that the swelling is not an indication of something more serious. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.




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