What to do when you have a minor injury:
- Ice first! It is one of the best ways to reduce inflammation that happens when you have some type of muscle tear, tendonitis, sprain, or strain.
- Fill a bucket with ice and water and plunge the injured area into the ice-cold water. Hang in there for 2 minutes and the chilly sensation will fade into a numbing feeling. Soak for at least 15 minutes but not more than 20. The water pressure will also help to compress the area.
- Try placing frozen corn or peas on the injured area. (This is one of my favorite remedies.)
- Place a can of frozen juice concentrate on the ground and roll your foot over it. This is very good for plantar fasciitis and other injuries to the arch or heel.
- Make a frozen gel pack by filling a freezer bag with 1 part rubbing alcohol and 3 parts water. Seal the bag and place it into another bag. Freeze, use and reuse.
- Always consult your physician and rest the injury until it is completely healed.