The Imperials will be rocking Sugar Land Ice & Sports this weekend when they host the Texas Jr. Brahmas for some intense NA3HL action. The puck will drop at 7:00 pm on 2/20, 7:15 pm on 2/21, and 1:00 pm on 2/22, so make sure you are ready to get loud and give support for our Sugar Land Imperials. Now, should one of our boys go down with a sprained ankle or knee, he will certainly benefit from RICE therapy. (Hopefully we won’t have to worry about that, though!) This therapy for injury is valuable foot care that you should know, too.
RICE therapy consists of 4 pillars—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—that serve to assist your body’s natural healing processes. In order to use this method effectively, it is important to understand each component.
- Rest – When you suffer an injury like an ankle sprain, you need to start by stopping and taking a break from the activity that caused your injury. Given that you may likely experience pain, this may seem natural, but some people try to “push through” injuries when all this does is create the possibility of worsening a condition.
- Ice – Cold temperatures will reduce swelling and pain, so apply an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes. Be careful not to place ice or an ice pack directly onto your skin, though. Wrap it in a thin towel first in order to avoid frostbite.
- Compression – This is another means of helping to decrease the swelling in your injured area and is often attained with the use of an elastic bandage wrapped around the injury. It is important not to wrap too tightly so that circulation is cut off. Doing so will only lead to greater swelling and discomfort.
- Elevation – While icing your injured foot, ankle, or knee, rest it on some pillows as you are lying down. This will keep the affected area above your heart and will help minimize swelling.
When RICE is not enough and you need Sugar Land’s top podiatric practice, Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists is here for you. Our office is staffed with friendly, caring professionals who will help restore your feet and ankles to their optimal health. Call us at (888) 784-5335 or use our online form to reach us today.
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