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Wow - ice works!

Posted by Andrue on 5/18/02 at 06:24 (084425)

Okay so probably most of you know this already but I had never really found the time to use it and my pain never seemed worth the bother.

But yesterday I slightly overdid things and when I got home the front of my heel was definitely painful. I iced for two fifteen minute periods through the evening and not only did the pain go away but this morning my feet feel no worse than normal.

Any way I'm seeing a genuine podiatrist (ie;not just an educated chiropodist :) ) this evening. The clinic also specialises in sports injuries so it should be a good visit.

Re: Wow - ice works!

Carole C in NOLA on 5/18/02 at 07:25 (084431)

Isn't it great? I didn't believe at first that it would make much difference either, and was only doing it for about 5 minutes which helped a little but not much. John H posted about how icing helps so many people, and that indirectly persuaded me to try icing for longer (on and off for a half hour rather than for 5 minutes). For me, that made all the difference.

It's especially helpful if I accidently overdo. It even helps me to ice for a few days beforehand as well as afterwards, if I know that I have an especially difficult day for my feet ahead. It's easy to forget icing after overdoing, which is why a lot of us try to remind one another not to forget to ice.

Also, even if overdoing isn't part of things, it seemed to help me a little to ice my feet when I felt discouraged and in constant pain. Sometimes even a little help makes a big difference.

Carole C

Re: Wow - ice works!

Sharon W on 5/18/02 at 09:09 (084436)

Andrue,

I had the same reaction when I tried 'contrast baths'. When my pod first mentioned them to me I was like, '...You want me to put my feet in HOT water...?' because of course I had already tried soaking them in a hot bath, and that seems to improve flexibility but it makes the pain WORSE. But with contrast baths, the idea is to soak them in hot water, then follow it immediately with COLD (I use ice), then repeat the cycle once or twice, always ending with COLD.

It really WORKS! I had been icing for several months, on a pretty regular basis, but the COMBINATION of heat and ice is even better, at least for me. I was pretty miserable the first time I tried it, but I did the heat/ice cycle 3 times and by the time I was done, my pain had gone down about 75%!

-- Sharon

Re: Yes, it does work well!

Ellen J. on 5/18/02 at 10:09 (084438)

It took me 2 years to finally try icing (yes, I'm a bit slow!) but when I did, I discovered that it can help alot. The pain relief stays for quite awhile even after the feet have warmed up again. Last night my feet were hurting in the middle of the night due to having guests arrive (cleaning my dirty house, cooking, etc. was too much for my feet). I got up at 4:00AM and grabbed one of my disposable ice packs and put it on my feet while I lay in bed. My feet feel great today! It's a good thing everyone on this list kept encouraging me to try ice, even though I dislike cold wet things!
Ellen

Re: Wow - ice works!

Rich on 5/18/02 at 15:45 (084467)

Andrue...I always have ice cups in my freezer! Ice packs and frozen peas just didn't do the trick for me. My physical therapist started doing ice massages at the end of my visits using ice cups. I immediately came home and made my own. Fill up styro coffee cups with water and freeze. Peel off the top few inches and you have a nice edge to get into your insertion point and your fingers won't freeze! Keep a towel handy, they do melt fast, especially if your feet get hot like mine! I do this for about twenty minutes several times a day, especially when I've overdone it as usual! Good Luck!

Re: the bag of peas does it for me!~

Mahatmelissama on 5/18/02 at 22:53 (084530)

I also use ice cubes in a sandwich baggie. I can't take too much ice...have to build up...put it on...pull it off...that sort of thing. Used the rubbermaid blue gel thing but it RUPTURE and I had blue gel on me! eww! So I stopped using that...

The peas conforms to your foot too...very nice. I do wash it off thouroughly and put it back in the freezer for next time. IT DOESN'T RUPTURE unlike the rubbermaid thing! LOL!

Re: Wow - ice works!

Andrue on 5/19/02 at 04:35 (084541)

An interesting idea, I might give that a try.

Re: Wow - ice works!

Andrue on 5/19/02 at 04:37 (084542)

Well the pod. I went to see yesterday says I am in the final stages and I just need to avoid agravating my feet. She also doesn't think I need to stretch as (like the physio.) she thinks there's nothing inherently wrong with my feet - I just have to give them the chance to recover.

Re: Wow - ice works!

Carole C in NOLA on 5/18/02 at 07:25 (084431)

Isn't it great? I didn't believe at first that it would make much difference either, and was only doing it for about 5 minutes which helped a little but not much. John H posted about how icing helps so many people, and that indirectly persuaded me to try icing for longer (on and off for a half hour rather than for 5 minutes). For me, that made all the difference.

It's especially helpful if I accidently overdo. It even helps me to ice for a few days beforehand as well as afterwards, if I know that I have an especially difficult day for my feet ahead. It's easy to forget icing after overdoing, which is why a lot of us try to remind one another not to forget to ice.

Also, even if overdoing isn't part of things, it seemed to help me a little to ice my feet when I felt discouraged and in constant pain. Sometimes even a little help makes a big difference.

Carole C

Re: Wow - ice works!

Sharon W on 5/18/02 at 09:09 (084436)

Andrue,

I had the same reaction when I tried 'contrast baths'. When my pod first mentioned them to me I was like, '...You want me to put my feet in HOT water...?' because of course I had already tried soaking them in a hot bath, and that seems to improve flexibility but it makes the pain WORSE. But with contrast baths, the idea is to soak them in hot water, then follow it immediately with COLD (I use ice), then repeat the cycle once or twice, always ending with COLD.

It really WORKS! I had been icing for several months, on a pretty regular basis, but the COMBINATION of heat and ice is even better, at least for me. I was pretty miserable the first time I tried it, but I did the heat/ice cycle 3 times and by the time I was done, my pain had gone down about 75%!

-- Sharon

Re: Yes, it does work well!

Ellen J. on 5/18/02 at 10:09 (084438)

It took me 2 years to finally try icing (yes, I'm a bit slow!) but when I did, I discovered that it can help alot. The pain relief stays for quite awhile even after the feet have warmed up again. Last night my feet were hurting in the middle of the night due to having guests arrive (cleaning my dirty house, cooking, etc. was too much for my feet). I got up at 4:00AM and grabbed one of my disposable ice packs and put it on my feet while I lay in bed. My feet feel great today! It's a good thing everyone on this list kept encouraging me to try ice, even though I dislike cold wet things!
Ellen

Re: Wow - ice works!

Rich on 5/18/02 at 15:45 (084467)

Andrue...I always have ice cups in my freezer! Ice packs and frozen peas just didn't do the trick for me. My physical therapist started doing ice massages at the end of my visits using ice cups. I immediately came home and made my own. Fill up styro coffee cups with water and freeze. Peel off the top few inches and you have a nice edge to get into your insertion point and your fingers won't freeze! Keep a towel handy, they do melt fast, especially if your feet get hot like mine! I do this for about twenty minutes several times a day, especially when I've overdone it as usual! Good Luck!

Re: the bag of peas does it for me!~

Mahatmelissama on 5/18/02 at 22:53 (084530)

I also use ice cubes in a sandwich baggie. I can't take too much ice...have to build up...put it on...pull it off...that sort of thing. Used the rubbermaid blue gel thing but it RUPTURE and I had blue gel on me! eww! So I stopped using that...

The peas conforms to your foot too...very nice. I do wash it off thouroughly and put it back in the freezer for next time. IT DOESN'T RUPTURE unlike the rubbermaid thing! LOL!

Re: Wow - ice works!

Andrue on 5/19/02 at 04:35 (084541)

An interesting idea, I might give that a try.

Re: Wow - ice works!

Andrue on 5/19/02 at 04:37 (084542)

Well the pod. I went to see yesterday says I am in the final stages and I just need to avoid agravating my feet. She also doesn't think I need to stretch as (like the physio.) she thinks there's nothing inherently wrong with my feet - I just have to give them the chance to recover.