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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

Ice reduces swelling: Initially after an injury the tissues begin to swell, This can cause pain and stiffness. In the first stages after the injury ice is the best way to reduce that swelling ...Read more

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Does heat or ice help a 4 month old sprained ankle?

Does heat or ice help a 4 month old sprained ankle?

Yes: Ice is an analgesic (lessens pain) and can decrease swelling after an injury or use of an injured like at the end of a pt session. Heat is soothing and can increase circulation into an area bringing more oxygen, nutrients and potential healing cells. ...Read more

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How do you know whether to use heat or ice on sprained and pulled muscles?

How do you know whether to use heat or ice on sprained and pulled muscles?

Ice for24m: I've is helpful to prevent some of the body's initial inflammatory reaction but after 24hous that's essentially over. Switching to heat will help the body bring in what's needed to begin the healing process. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I use ice and when should I use heat on a sprained ankle?

Doctors can you tell me when should I use ice and when should I use heat on a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rice. Rest- 24 to 28 hrs. Avoid activities that require use of your ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- you can wrap your foot, ankle & lower leg with an ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. Elevate- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on a pillow. ...Read more

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I twisted my foot earlier playing ice hockey, could it be possible that I have a sprained foot?

Painful foot: In order to evaluate the injury that he sustained to your foot you will need to see a titers for further evaluation. ...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