There are 26 bones in our feet. It might look like one big hunk of flesh but there are numerous tiny bones and small muscles that allow our feet to bend, flex and absorb our weight. It’s such a unique part of our body that we hardly ever appreciate. Only when we have been injured in some way do we come to know how important they are. It’s not like our hands, which we know very intimately. Feet are a long way from our eyesight, and so we don’t really take care of them in the same way. Out of sight and out of mind, our feet don’t receive the same love our palms and fingers do. So if you have chronic pain to your feet, something has caused an injury to them, what do you do to heal it back up to full strength?
What’s your grade?
Foot sprains are categorized into 3 grades. A grade I injury is seen as mild, causing minute tears in your muscles and perhaps an overstretching of your ligaments as well. Grade II is something that involves ripped ligaments and muscles that cause swelling and the inability to stretch or use your foot like normal. Grade III is when a ligament has been completely torn which causes the foot to be unstable and limp. You won’t be able to bear weight on it that much at all. Using the RICE method, you need to rest the joint, apply ice to the area, compress it to stop swelling and elevate the foot. If you feel as if you a grade III injury, call and or go see your doctor. The other two grades can heal up on their own if you use this 4-stage method.
An unusual painful injury
A crushed foot is rarer than most other injuries. Crushing a part of our body cannot happen so easily. Something large, heavy and fast must have slammed onto your foot to cause such pain. If this occurs at work, then you can use a personal injury lawyer to help you get compensation. The only real way to heal a crushed foot that has crushed bones is to go to the hospital. Again, so many small bones need to be aligned by a surgeon to properly heal. If however, it’s just a crushed foot whereby you have sore muscles, then the same method of RICE can also apply. It would help to lower the swelling if you didn’t put weight your foot for a while. Made for walking
Blisters are the bane of our two-legged bodies. It’s not as if we can hop everywhere if we have really sore feet. If you have rough boots or have just done a lot of walking lately and have blisters, here’s what you can do to heal quicker. Pop the blisters gently, using a toenail clipper. Only make a small hole. Drain the fluid, wipe clean and compress firmly with a plaster, Wrap the blisters with bandages and use two layers of socks.
With 26 bones in our feet, we should learn to take more pride in our feet. Sore feet are not something you should tolerate just as you wouldn’t for sore hands.