Your feet play an indispensable part in carrying you from place to place every day. But you might not think much about them until they hurt. To treat your foot injuries and prevent them from getting worse, this article will give you some information on treating foot injuries.
Treatment for some common foot injuries
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of arch pain. It can get worse in the morning and gradually improve throughout the day. Treatments for plantar fasciitis are taking over-the-counter drugs to relieve the pain, resting your foot, wearing shoes with arch support and a cushioned sole, practicing foot and heel muscle stretches, and icing the heel for ten minutes a day. If the plantar fasciitis is persistent, an injection with a mixture of a steroid and local anesthetic might be helpful.
Bunion is a large bump on the joint at the base of the big toe. Wearing shoes that are too tight can make the bunion worse. Try changing to more comfortable shoes or wearing shoe inserts that help distribute pressure more evenly. It is helpful to apply ice if the bunion gets inflamed. If bunion causes severe pain, surgery might be needed.
Sprained and sore toe. It is recommended to use rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to eliminate swelling and pain. People without peripheral arterial disease or diabetes can treat the sore or sprained toe by buddy-taping it to the uninjured toe next to it. Remember to put some soft padding between the toes to protect the skin before you taping them together. The injured toe may need 2 to 4 weeks to heal. If it hurts more after buddy-taping it, remove the tape.
Treatment for a minor foot injury
- Remove all rings, anklets, or any other jewelry around the injured area. Clean the skin wound right after getting injuries to prevent infection, scarring of the skin from dirt left in the wound.
- Use RICE method to reduce foot pain and swelling.
- Gently massage or rub the injured area to encourage blood flow and relieve pain. Stop massaging if it causes pain.
- For the first 48 hours, avoid hot tubs, hot showers, alcoholic beverages and things that might increase swelling in the injured area.
- If the swelling is gone after 48 to 72 hours, begin gentle exercise to help restore and maintain flexibility. You can alternate the use of ice and heat to reduce pain (contrast therapy).
Take care of your feet
- Wear supportive footwear to prevent re-injuring your foot. Use roomy footwear if the front of your foot hurts.
- Consider using an orthotic such as an arch support, to help reduce foot pain.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products because smoking decreases blood supply, delays tissue repair and slows down the healing process.
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Review Date: March 15, 2017 | Last Modified: March 15, 2017
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