For many of us who are diagnosed with an injury during winter, the though of applying ice as part of the RICER principal is not a pleasant thought. After all, its cold enough as it is outside without applying ice to your already cold feet.
The trouble is, there are some really good scientific reasons as to why it is suggested. I dont blame anyone who is reluctant to apply ice to their feet in winter. So we suggest the following solutions to make your life more bearable this winter:
- If it is a small area of injury, apply a wheat bag above and below the area, only keeping ice on the area that is injured.
- If the thought of ice on your feet is too much, try considering taking your shoe off the sore foot and resting it on the cold floor to cool it down.
- If your feet are naturally cold, avoid hot bath or shower water on the feet- avoiding heat on a new injury is almost as important as keeping the area cool in the first place, especially if your feet are cold already.