Skeletons are popular this time of year. With Halloween closely followed by Dia de los Muertos—the day of the dead in Hispanic communities—bones and skulls are common decorations. This time of year, seeing dancing skeletons is no surprise, but real bodies aren’t so nimble without their muscles. You need strong muscles to function, which is why first aid for foot strains is so important for keeping feet stable.
A strain is a muscle that has become over-stretched and damaged. Sometimes the tissue even tears. You may know this as a “pulled muscle.” Any muscle tissue can become strained, and since those in your lower limbs work so hard to keep you standing and stable, they have a particularly high risk. This injury can happen suddenly or it can develop through overuse. Taking care of it right away is important for restoring your feet.
First aid for foot strains isn’t difficult. The first thing to do is begin icing the painful area as soon as you can. Wrap an ice pack in cloth and hold it to the painful spot for ten to fifteen minutes at a time, roughly every hour for the first day. You can reduce this to every few hours over the next several days. Take a break from all hard-impact activities so your lower limb can rest, and keep your foot elevated as much as possible. Wrapping the uncomfortable area in a compression bandage may help, too.
If the pain persists for more than a few days, try applying heat to relax the muscles and encourage circulation there. Our staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. may recommend anti-inflammatory medications as well. If you can’t put weight on the injured limb after a couple days, or you develop tingling, numbness, or skin discoloration, you may have a complication and need additional treatment.
Straining a muscle in your foot is painful. It doesn’t have to cause long-term problems, though. First aid for foot strains can help you bounce back from your injury. Let the staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help you manage your foot pain. Call one of our Connecticut offices—(203) 876-7736 for Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden—or use our website to make an appointment with us.