What’s This About RICE for My Feet?

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Have you ever heard someone saying that their podiatrist or physical therapist has recommended RICE…and then wondered what on earth an edible grain could have to do with foot health? Your confusion is understandable!

Actually, in this context, RICE doesn’t refer to food. It’s an acronym referring to at-home, do-it-yourself care for injuries involving the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the feet and ankles. Let’s take a look at what it means:

  • Rest: Take a load off. Put your feet up. Really. Here’s your chance to let others wait on you for a change. For 24-48 hours, you should refrain from activities that might aggravate your injury. Keep weight off your hurt leg. Stand and walk as little as possible.

  • Ice: Cold temperatures constrict blood vessels, minimizing bruising and swelling. Use an ice pack or even a bag of frozen vegetables. Be sure to use a cloth between the ice and your skin to prevent frostbite.

  • Compression: Applying gentle compression with a rolled bandage will also help to contain swelling and inflammation. Be sure not to wrap the bandage too tightly in order to allow for circulation. If your leg tingles, loosen the dressing a bit.

  • Elevation: Raising the injured area above the level of your heart will allow gravity to assist in drawing fluid from the area.  All you need to do to make this happen is to lie on the couch and prop your feet up with a pillow.

Of course, if you have injured your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the best thing you can do to aid your recovery is to see your foot doctor as soon as possible. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein is the best-qualified professional to help you. Schedule a visit in Hartford Podiatry Group’s comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.