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I sprained my foot 1 week ago. should i use heat or ice?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Heat: The rule of thumb is to use ice for the first 72 hours and then switch to heat.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Probably ice: If your foot is still swollen after a week you really should be examined and xrayed to rule out potential fracture. Assuming the xray is negative i would probably still use ice for 15 minute intervals to help decrease swelling.

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Last updated Apr 28, 2012

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