Treatment Options for Foot and Ankle Pain
I.C.E. DOWN Ice Wraps
You can get relief from foot and ankle pain, whether you have a new injury or have been living with the pain for years. Left untreated, foot and ankle pain will often get worse, lead to more injuries, and even start causing pain and injury in other parts of your body. I.C.E. DOWN ice wraps can be used alone or in combination with other treatments for foot and ankle pain.
Icing is recommended for both acute and chronic foot and ankle pain. Cold therapy reduces the inflammation and swelling which is involved in almost all types of foot and ankle pain. It acts as a local anesthetic by numbing the area, stimulates the release of endorphins, and slows down nerve activity so that fewer pain signals are sent to the brain.
After an acute foot or ankle injury you should follow the R.I.C.E. protocol as quickly as possible. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation will help prevent further damage and start the healing process. I.C.E. DOWN ice wraps give you both ice and compression.
Cold therapy provides relief from chronic foot pain caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and everyday pain and swelling caused by spending too much time on your feet, obesity, or poor footwear.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are sometimes recommended for foot and ankle pain and swelling, but they are not a long-term solution and may not be helpful even in the short term. NSAIDs can also have dangerous side effects.
Physical therapy is an important part of treatment for most causes of foot and ankle pain. The type of physical therapy you need will depend on the cause of your pain. Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis primarily involves stretching. Physical therapy for ankle instability will focus on building up strength to help stabilize the ankle.
Physical therapy for injuries such as sprains or tendonitis can be very painful, but ankle injuries respond very well to cryokinetics. In cryokinetics you ice the injury before beginning your exercises, so that the existing pain is numbed. The cold does not block new pain signals which let you know when you are pushing too hard.
Cryokinetics can get you on the road to recovery much sooner than physical therapy alone, preventing atrophy and loss of your range of motion.
In most cases foot and ankle pain can be resolved without the need for surgery, but in some cases surgery is required. However, many of the injuries and conditions which lead to the need for surgery can be treated successfully with non-invasive techniques when they are treated early.
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