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If you soak your swollen foot in ice cold water will it help the swelling reduce.?

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In brief: No

Soaking can cause swelling.

In brief: No

Soaking can cause swelling.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Injury

Only if the swelling is caused by an injury.
If the swelling is do to a vascular problem, this soaking can cause critical problems.

In brief: Injury

Only if the swelling is caused by an injury.
If the swelling is do to a vascular problem, this soaking can cause critical problems.
Dr. Raymond Stolarski
Dr. Raymond Stolarski
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In brief: Yes but find out why

It would be important to find out what is causing the swelling.
We would need to rule out congestive heart failure, kidney disease, venous insufficiency and nutritional issues such as lack of protein in the diet.

In brief: Yes but find out why

It would be important to find out what is causing the swelling.
We would need to rule out congestive heart failure, kidney disease, venous insufficiency and nutritional issues such as lack of protein in the diet.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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In brief: Yes

Ice reduces inflammation, use ice packs.

In brief: Yes

Ice reduces inflammation, use ice packs.
Dr. Albert Larocca
Dr. Albert Larocca
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In brief: Yes

If you are using an ice bath as you suggest make sure not to do it for more than 10 min so tissue damage does not occur.

In brief: Yes

If you are using an ice bath as you suggest make sure not to do it for more than 10 min so tissue damage does not occur.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Ice for swelling

Yes. Icing an injury in the first 72 hours after injury helps reduce swelling.
After that it is best to apply heat to enhance the healing process.

In brief: Ice for swelling

Yes. Icing an injury in the first 72 hours after injury helps reduce swelling.
After that it is best to apply heat to enhance the healing process.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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