When you first injure yourself, the RICE method is the best way to apply first aid to your lower limbs. RICE is an acronym that stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It’s a basic treatment plan you can fulfill at home, or wherever you are, to minimize or eliminate swelling and inflammation after injuries like a sprain.
You need to rest and protect the limb to allow it to heal, so stop all activities that strain the feet. Ice the sore area to decrease swelling and inflammation in the tissues. Wrap the foot or ankle in a compression bandage and keep your limb elevated on a cushion when you’re sitting or lying down to discourage edema as well.
The quicker you take care of small injuries, the more likely the problem will heal normally and easily. Let Dr. Sanjay Patel in Connecticut help you if you’re struggling with foot or ankle pain. Just contact the Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. offices in Hamden or Milford to make an appointment with us. You can use the website or call to reach us: (203) 288-4055 for Hamden, or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.