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Treating Injuries with Ice vs. Heat

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If you have a passion for helping those with cancer or have been affected by it somehow, take part in the Relay For Life coming up June 28, 2014 in Hamden, CT. Join alone or grab a team—it is a great way to  make a difference in someone’s life and a reason to stay active! Even the best efforts such as this one could leave you with a foot or ankle injury at the end of the day if you aren’t careful. Treating injuries takes proper care and attention to ensure they heal properly.

Whether you sustain an ankle sprain, shin splints, or arch or heel pain, do you know the first action steps to take? If you suffer a traumatic injury like a fracture or wound, seek medical attention immediately. If you have a minor injury, it is acceptable to observe the RICE treatment plan at home. This stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation.

There is often confusion about whether you should put ice or heat on an injury, or even alternate with hot cold treatment. Immediately after an injury, you want to go with icing first. The reason is that when soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels are damaged, localized swelling develops due to leakage of blood in the injured area. This makes the area painful and tender. Ice helps your blood vessels to constrict and clamp down, slowing down the blood flow and reducing the swelling. It also numbs the pain. Once the swelling has gone down, then heat can help relax muscles before you engage in activity once again. If you have pain again after exercise, you are back to using ice to limit swelling and discomfort once again.

If you have an injury that has remained painful after home treatment, or concerns about your foot and ankle health, we are here to help. Please contact Family Foot Care & Surgery in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055 to make an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel. You can also find more information and reach us online.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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