Friday, 19 April 2013
I hurt my foot earlier this week and right away I remembered the R.I.C.E. rule. ERin taught it to me back in Ottawa, after what was probably a foot or ankle injury. (I think I get more than the average amount of foot and ankle injuries.) Anyway, according to Wikipedia, RICE is a mnemonic for a treatment method for soft tissue injuries which is an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. When used appropriately, recovery duration is usually shortened and discomfort minimized. I am not very good about the compression part, and I think in Ottawa ERin really emphasized that part and taught me how to wrap my foot. Basically the resting part is easy, the icing helps if you are able to do it quickly, and even a few days later I am still sleeping with my foot elevated throughout the day and in bed at night since it swells-up really easily and becomes painful when it does.