Why does icing make my foot swell?Posted by Rhonda on 7/29/98 at 01:09 (001117)
I know that icing the foot is highly recommended to combat inflammation. When I rub an ice cube on my heel, even for a short time, the heel swells which in turn makes my heel hurt even more! This doesn't seem to happen if I use frozen peas or frozen gel packs. Does this happen to anyone else's foot? If so, do you know why?
Thanks for any information you can provide! Rhonda
Re: Why does icing make my foot swell?Kathy on 7/29/98 at 07:24 (001123)
I use a gel ice pack. It hurts A LOT after about 20 minutes, but it feels MUCH better the next day if I ice the night before. I have never used direct ice on my heel. My PT advised against that because of the risk of freezing. Always wrap ice or ice pack in a towel.
Re: Why does icing make my foot swell?Kathy on 7/29/98 at 08:51 (001125)
Just another 'hearsay' - I was told that when icing you should do a rotation of 10 minutes with the ice on, and 10 minutes off. Apparantly too much icing can damage the nerves! This advice came from an orthopedic MA!
Re: Why does icing make my foot swell?cindy on 7/29/98 at 19:15 (001138)
That's very interesting about the nerve damage from icing - my problem started out as PF, and I used ice directly on my foot (all over the bottom , more on the heel, and on the tarsal tunnel or under the ankle bone area). Now, I have a severe nerve problem in the tarsal area - I don't know if it was caused or contributed to by the icing, but it is interesting.