At any point, some sport is in season. Right now, baseball is in full swing, hockey’s working through the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the soccer World Cup will be launching in Rio de Janeiro in just a few weeks. Another thing always in season: sports injuries. Whether you’re a middle school student on a club tennis team or a professional baseball star, you risk injuries every time you play. Fortunately, home remedies for injury recovery aren’t seasonal, either—any time you develop a mild foot injury, you can take care of yourself to get back in the game.
The best way to handle a sports injury at home is to follow the RICE model of treatment. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Each aspect is important for decreasing inflammation and encouraging healing in the damaged tissues.
Your foot or ankle needs rest to be able to repair the injury. Icing the painful area lowers swelling and discomfort. Compression and elevation both discourage edema and force you to rest your limb. Some people add an additional step—protection—to remind you to avoid anything that might reinjure you. This could mean immobilizing your lower limb, changing your shoes, and avoiding certain activities.
Of course, for more serious problems, these home remedies for injury recovery may not be enough to manage your discomfort. Make sure you have any severe or persistent pain evaluated by specialists, like our team here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. That way if you need a more involved therapy, we can help you before the problem worsens.
The one thing you can’t do is ignore the condition. That will only make the issue worse and delay your recovery. If you’re concerned about a sports injury, don’t wait to have it checked out. Call, fax, or fill out our online contact form to reach Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an appointment or more information. For our Chandler location, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
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