Injuries can be frustrating, as they do disrupt our workout plan. However, I don't recommend stopping exercising all together. Changes in your workout will help you maintain your curent overall health status as well as make sure that you stay on track to encourage healing of your injury. Maintain all upper body activities that do not irritate the injured foot. As for the lower extremity, it may depend on the injury. You can still perform single leg exercises or bike. The side with the injury, should be seen by a health care professional so that appropriate exercises can be provided at each phase of healing. As long as swelling, bruising, sensation are normal (after the RICE period), it is important to start on range of motion and balance. There are specific rehab exercises that can be done for the foot before diving right back into your regular routine.
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Should stop exercising if I have a foot related sports injury?
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How does the RICE method help foot related sports injuries?
Yusuf Boyd, NASM Elite Trainer, Athletic Training, answered
As with any injury, following the R.I.C.E. principle aids the body through the healing process. R.I.C.E. stands for: rest, ice, compression, elevation.
With foot related injuries, rest is simply getting off the injured foot. Depending on severity, you may be placed on crutches, or put in a walking boot. Either way, the goal is to keep the foot from doing its job of supporting the body's weight, i.e., let it rest. When icing, remember this: leave ice on for 20 minutes, and off for at least one hour. This allows the body to go through its natural rewarming process, increasing blood flow to the injured area. During this process, inflammation that is present is slowly flushed out. To assist with the removal of the inflammation, use compression (this can be an ace bandage). Finally, elevate the limb, again this will help reduce any inflammation and create a better environment for healing to occur.
What are the treatment options for foot related sports injuries?
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Many foot related sports injuries can be treated with RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce pain, while wrapping or bracing the injured area can help with swelling and support. Corticosteroid injections may also help with pain and swelling, but they can also prolong the healing process. Rehabilitation involves exercises to get the injured area back to normal. In more severe cases, such as a broken foot, treatment options will likely be more serious and include a cast or surgery.
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