Tips for Icing your Foot or Lower Leg at Work

ImageIf you have an ankle or foot injury most likely your physician has you icing a few times a day.

Here are some tips to help you be compliant with your icing instructions.

  • Keep Ice Gel packs available at home and at work. The more ice gel packs you have available, the more likely you’ll be to ice.
  • Ice as instructed by your doctor. However, do not ice more than 10 or 15 minutes in order to prevent frostbite or ice burns.
  • You can mix your own ice packs. All you need is heavy-duty ziplock bags, rubbing alcohol and water. Mix a ratio of one cup of water per one cup or rubbing alcohol in a ziplock bag. When it freezes it makes a slushy. For added points add some blue food coloring to make your very own ice gel packs.
  • You can use rubber-bands or a strap to secure the gel pack to your foot or leg while you ice, freeing you from holding the ice pack to your leg or foot and continue working.

Make sure to follow all of your doctor’s orders. Icing is very important it slows inflammation and swelling, and since it numbs the area it helps with temporary relief of pain. It “acts to slow down metabolism at the injury site, so your body can begin healing itself more quickly. Ice also acts as an analgesic to slow down and block pain impulses.”

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Toe Nail Fungus

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“FUNGUS AMOUNS US”

 

More often than not, people are being told to ignore their toenail fungus. There is a misconception that if it does not hurt or impair your walking that it ought to be left alone. Nail fungus is often disregarded as a cosmetic concern.

So what happens when toenail fungus is left untreated? It can lead to discoloring and thickening of toenails, which often times become brittle or hard to cut. If left untreated it can actually cause pain and impairment of walking. Nail fungus can also cause secondary infections, this is an important concern with compromised individuals (Examples: Diabetics or immune-compromised individuals)

Think of nail fungus as if it was a tooth cavity. Even if it doesn’t hurt now, the active infection needs to be treated before it leads to problems. A dentist would never tell you to leave a pain free cavity alone, they would not call a cavity a cosmetic concern. A dentist would recommend immediate treatment. You should not ignore toenail fungus, besides it being unsightly, it can lead to problems.

A podiatrist is here to help you. Often times a physician can do a nail stain or fungal to test and identify the species of fungus. Treatment can very from topical creams to oral medications. A podiatrist will discuss all treatments available.

For more information on nail fungus visit the wikipedia page on fungus: Onychomycosis (Nail fungus)

So What Causes Toenail Fungus?

Fungi are microscopic organisms that don’t need sunlight to survive. Nail fungal infections are typically caused by a fungus that belongs to a group called dermatophytes. Yeasts and molds also can also cause nail fungal infections. 

These micro-organisms are everywhere. They live in warm, moist environments, including swimming pools and showers. They can enter your body through small cuts in your skin, or through the separation entrance of  your toenail and the skin. Remember your feet are moist, sweaty and in a dark shoe, a perfect environment to grow nail fungus.

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