There are many reasons why you may be experiencing pain in your feet. If you were recently injured while running or walking, you may be feeling some strain in your ankle. You could have twisted your ankle because of poor footwear, or a lack of support in the area where you were running. Unfortunately, a twisted ankle can be quite painful, especially for the first few days. And foot pain can be even more frustrating if it happens while you were playing sports, because it could be the result of a contact injury.
Here are some DIY tips that will help you reduce your foot pain.
One of the best ways to help your foot heal is to keep it elevated. Whether you are lying in bed, sitting on the couch, or working on a chair, you should try and find a way to get your foot elevated as high as you can manage. A good way to get it done is by adding a couple of pillows under the foot when you are in bed, or placing a stool near you when you are sitting on the couch or at a chair.
- Ice and Heat
Alternating between icing and heating your foot will help to reduce both the swelling and the pain. If you twisted your ankle or you sustained a contact injury while playing sports, your foot is probably swelling up and hurting you quite a bit. While we advise that you visit a Perth Foot Centre to get checked out by a professional, icing and heating your foot will give you some relief for the time being. If things do not get better within a few days, you should definitely go and see a specialist.
- Wrapping it Up
If you are determined to keep walking around, even though your foot is in pain, we would suggest wrapping it up tightly with a bandage. If you can get a bandage that is fairly long and thick, it will be much easier for you to wrap the injured part of your foot a few times. Wrapping up the foot helps in two ways:
- It ensures your foot is compressed, which will limit swelling. If you are combining the wrapping with some ice and heat treatment, it will be even better.
- Limits the chances of another injury. If you are walking around and you recently twisted your ankle, there is a good chance it could happen again. The ligaments in your foot are weak, and wrapping up the injured area will help provide some much needed protection.
If your foot is hurting a lot in the hours after you suffered an injury, do not panic. It may feel as though something is broken, but most people end up suffering ligament injuries. If the pain is unbearable go to a specialist the moment you get a chance. But if the pain is manageable, it means the bones in the area are fine. It is a ligament injury that will take a few days to weeks to heal.