Injured Your Leg? Here’s What to DoJune 1, 2018 June 1, 2018
It’s no walk in the park to experience foot or ankle pain – literally, especially if everyone is out enjoying the warm weather while you’re stuck at home because you can’t move. Our feet are what we use daily to get around, and to experience pain there of all places can mean a highly diminished quality of life and a lack of independence as a result. However, there are several ways that foot and ankle pain can be treated, allowing you to get back on your feet.
If your foot or ankle pain has come about from a recent sporting injury, it’s a good idea to try the RICE procedure. REST the area that is in pain, apply a cold pack or ICE to the area to reduce swelling, COMPRESS the area with a bandage, and ELEVATE it on pillows to reduce any further swelling. This procedure works best if performed immediately after an injury or a shock to the ankle or foot in question. It’s recommended not to participate in any strenuous activities such as sports while injured.
If good old-fashioned rest and recovery hasn’t helped relieve your foot and ankle pain, there are some exercises that may be able to help instead. Try flexing and stretching your feet and ankles to maintain your range of motion. It’s also a great idea to massage your feet to relax it and improve the chance of recovery and relieve some of the strain that’s causing your pain.
Sometimes these solutions performed at home may not be enough in treating your foot and ankle pain, which is where our clinic comes in. A good sports physician can help make any adjustments to your feet or ankles in order to relieve your pain for the long term, with attention paid to helping you on the field as well as off it. Depending on the injury and the severity, a good sports physician will help you determine what the best course of action may be, whether it be stem cell therapy, surgery, or physical therapy. A sports physician is ideal for anyone looking for a fully integrated medical provider who knows what athletes, sporting enthusiasts, or even just active individuals need to perform well at optimum health.
We understand that every patient is different, and we encourage you to book an appointment at Valley Sports Medicine so we can help you understand and decide what pain relief method is best for you.