Ice is often referred to when considering treatments for foot injuries or conditions. It serves to reduce pain by reducing the inflammation that causes it. There are many icing products that are available for purchase. But there are also some options that you can whip up by putting together items that you already have around the house. Consider these creations…
Ice cubes – While not a very “creative” solution, it’s the most basic. Wrap ice cubes in a towel or tee shirt or place ice cubes in a plastic, sealable bag. Add some water to the bag to help it work with the contours of the foot.
Frozen veggies – Bagged frozen corn or peas can be used again and again. Once a bag of frozen veggies is used, it is no longer food but rather a medical device and should be labeled as such.
Sponges – Put small wet sponges in a sealable bag, and store them in the freezer. When being used, the sponge will absorb water as it thaws so there is little to no dripping. Use a sponge that has cloth on one side and there will be no need to put a barrier between your foot and the sponge.
Water bottles – A frozen single-serving bottle of water makes a great rolling ice pack to relieve pain on the bottom of the foot.
Paper cups – Freeze water in paper cups. When it’s time to ice your foot, peel away the paper cup completely to reveal a rolling ice pack to use on the bottom of the foot. Peel away just a part of the paper cup to reveal enough ice to use for a soothing ice massage.
Do-It-Yourself Gel Ice Pack #1 – Combine one cup of rubbing alcohol with two cups of water in a sealable quart-size freezer bag. Remove the air, seal the bag, and place it in another sealable freezer bag for storage. Remove the air, and seal the second bag. Freeze, use, and reuse.
Do-It-Yourself Gel Pack #2 – Fill a sealable bag about three-quarters full with liquid dish detergent. Remove the air, seal the bag, and place it in another sealable freezer bag for storage. Remove the air, and seal the second bag. Freeze, use, and reuse.
When using an ice pack of any kind, there needs to be a barrier between the ice pack and your skin. Towels, pillow cloths, fabric napkins, and such are good for this purpose. Ice packs should not be used for more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Dr. Burmeister will give you a specific icing plan to follow. Follow it!