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November 24, 2013
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Many of the conditions we see in Podiatry involve inflammation.  These can include tendinitis, capsulitis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, contusions and muscle strains among others.  Part of the treatment involves decreasing the level of swelling and inflammation.  This is important to help create a proper environment for healing.  It also is key to allow for increased range of motion and function.  If the levels of inflammation are not rapidly reduced, the injury symptoms are likely to linger.  RICE therapy stands for the following:

Rest:  Many of these conditions involve overuse and only rest will allow proper healing.  It is impossible to get better if in fact the area involved is getting re-injured everyday.

Elevation:  Use gravity to work in your favor instead of against you.  Fluid is subject to the force of gravity.  By elevating the injured foot above the level of the heart while at rest, fluid will move out of the area.

Ice:  I love recommending icing for about 15 minutes at a time, to the injured area, with an ice pack.  Ice is a good way to reduce inflammation without utilizing medications.

Compression:  A compressive bandage, such as an ace wrap, will force fluid out of the area.  Moderate compression is helpful.  Please always be careful not to make too tight.  

At East Avenue Podiatry, we utilize other methods to help reduce swelling including injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines by mouth and physical therapy when needed.  Starting with the RICE therapy can usually get you on your way to recovery and back to full activity levels in a timely manner.