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Doctor insights on: Is Heat Or Ice Good For Foot Sprains

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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Is heat wraps good for a sprained ligament?

Is heat wraps good for a sprained ligament?

No: For a sprained ligament, cold wraps helps decrease swelling and allow the ligaments to heal quicker. Example, look at professional athletes. After games or injuries, they are constantly bathing in ice baths or cold wraps to contain swelling and help with healing process. ...Read more

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What is better for plantar fasciitis, putting heat or cold?

What is better for plantar fasciitis, putting heat or cold?

Cold.: For acute pain, ice is better. For chronic plantar fasciitis ice is probably better. Heat can be used in certain situations, but its better as part of a supervised physical therapy program. ...Read more

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Is it better to use heat or ice for a quad muscle injury?

Is it better to use heat or ice for a quad muscle injury?

Muscle injury. : Acute stage, usually with 24 hours or slightly more, use ice pad. After acute stage, use warm pad. ...Read more

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Is ice or heat bettter for joint pain?

Is ice or heat bettter for joint pain?

Both work: Ice is typically used for acute injuries. Heat is generally used for stiffness. Using these basic guidelines, see what works best for you. ...Read more

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What's best for wrist tendinitis, heat or ice therapy?

What's best for wrist tendinitis, heat or ice therapy?

Ice first, then heat: Ice generally works best in the first 24-48 hours and heat after that time span. Remeber, that tendinitis may not improve with either ice or heat. ...Read more

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Which is better for relieving tendinitis pain — ice or heat?

Which is better for relieving tendinitis pain — ice or heat?

When you're first injured, ice is a better choice than heat: It numbs pain and causes blood vessels to constrict, which helps reduce swelling. Ice is especially helpful for the first three days or so. After that, heat can increase blood flow to an injury, which may help promote healing. Heat also serves as a muscle relaxer, which can help with pain relief. Tendons are bands of fibrous tissue that connect muscles to bones and help muscles initiate and control movement in your joints. Tendinitis usually occurs when repetitive motions, stress or repeat injuries irritate a tendon over time. The result is pain and swelling in the tendons around a joint, such as your ankle, elbow or shoulder. Your tendons become less flexible with age, so tendinitis is more common as you get older. ...Read more

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Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Ice is best: Ice is best in the first 24-72 hours following an ankle sprain. This helps decrease the swelling and inflammation which in turn decreases the pain. Do not leave the ice on for more than 15-20minutes. Use a towel to protect your skin against the ice. This can be repeated several x day. Price (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation). *if pain continues or worsens please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Which is better treatment for a knee cyst ice or heat?

Which is better treatment for a knee cyst ice or heat?

try cold first.: Neither one is all the effective. Many times the cyst is the result of the problem and not the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Is podiatrist a better choice for ankle or foot pain ?

Is podiatrist a better choice for ankle or foot pain ?

Specialist: A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (dpm) who is qualified by his or her education and training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Practitioners may focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, orthopedics, biomechanics, sports medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, primary care, and wound care. ...Read more

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What is best for gout; heat or ice?

What is best for gout; heat or ice?

Ice: Ice improves pain from gout attacks, in contrast to the pain from other kinds of inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis which generally improve with heat. ...Read more

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Ice or heat to rehab a foot after surgery?

Ice or heat to rehab a foot after surgery?

Rehab: It depends on where you are in the post operative period. Early on you will want to use ice. Later , if edema is persistent, alternating ice and heat to act as a pump is very helpful. See you surgeon as well . Good luck. ...Read more

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Ice or heat is better for muscle strain ? What for joint pains heat or ice ?

Pain Recommendations: Ice is used acutely to limit or diminish swelling. Inflammation or swelling is a leading reason a certain tissue is painful. Heat is used to relax muscles. It is often an immediate way to relieve pain so that less oral medication is needed. For joint pain....Either of these treatments may not help much given how deep in the tissues joints are. ...Read more

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What is best for foot muscle pain (From pinky to heel) heat or cold??? And why?

What is best for foot muscle pain (From pinky to heel) heat or cold??? And why?

See details: The best option is to have the foot evaluated to determine the specific cause of the pain. Heat or cold generally provide nothing more than short term relief at best. ...Read more

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Is it good to ice directly following a severe sprained ankle?

Is it good to ice directly following a severe sprained ankle?

RICE: RICE is commonly employed: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Apply ice only 10-15 min/hour and not directly to skin. An ACE bandage may help with swelling, but provides zero support to the ankle. Only an xray can disprove a broken bone. Sincerely, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Is heat usually good or bad for meniscus tears?

Is heat usually good or bad for meniscus tears?

Good: Heat is good for any muscle, ligament, cartilage pain, ice good for acute pain and nerve pain. ...Read more

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Should a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?

Should a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?

Take much longer: Dr. Fowler has provided great steps for managing a sprained ankle. If you don't rest it though, the swelling, pain, and bruising will persist and healing will take longer. Depending on extent of injury, it can also be hard to tell a sprain from a fracture without xray. Pain may force you to stay off your foot for awhile. Unless you want a less stable ankle over time, resting it is essential. ...Read more

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