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RICE Isn’t Food: Treating Foot Injuries

Races should be fun for participants, which is what the Blacklight Run Las Vegas event is bringing to the city this February 28, 2015. You start the night race in a white T-shirt, then end covered in all-natural neon-colored powder that glows under black lights—perfect for an after-race party. This three-mile race is more about active fun with friends and family than your speed, so don’t feel like you have to be an avid, experienced runner to participate. Even inexperienced runners should know the basics of treating foot injuries, though. Although accidents and injuries are unlikely, you should at least be familiar with first aid like RICE therapy, just in case.

It may spell “rice,” but this therapy doesn’t involve food at all. Rather, it’s a way to alleviate discomfort, minimize swelling, and reduce inflammation in your lower limbs after an injury like a sprain. RICE is an acronym that stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate, spelling out the steps you use to treat your feet:

Rest – Take a break from your activities to give your feet time to heal.

Ice – Apply ice to the injured spot. Cold therapy discourages swelling and inflammation.

Compress – Wrap the limb in an elastic compression bandage. This helps reduce and prevent swelling.

Elevate – Keep your foot elevated so the fluid that causes swelling doesn’t pool in your foot.

RICE is effective for first aid and general recovery because it helps your body deal with the damage and begin prompt healing. After the initial injury, all the affected tissues become inflamed. You might have ruptured small blood vessels, causing bruising. Fluid pools in the soft tissues, putting extra pressure on them. The bruising and swelling can make the condition worse and slow down the healing process if they go untreated. If you minimize the swelling and bruising, and work to reduce the inflammation, you fight off these secondary problems and help your body get on the right track for healing itself.

Don’t underestimate the power of a little RICE and first aid knowledge when you run. You never know when you or someone you care about might need to treat a foot injury. If you do accidentally get hurt while running and need expert foot care, just let Absolute Foot Care Specialists know. Call (702) 839-2010 to reach our Las Vegas offices today.

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