The main thing elevating an injury does is reduce swelling. Your blood is subject to gravity. It takes a complex network of valves and heartbeats to keep it moving through your circulatory system. When you injure your foot or ankle, it may bleed, and your body rushes extra blood cells to fight infection, causing the damaged area to swell. Elevating your injured foot or ankle above the level of your heart reduces the pull of gravity. Your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, and blood is less likely to pool in your lower limbs and make them swell. Reducing the pressure of the extra fluid can alleviate pain as well.
If you have an injury, rest, ice, elevate, and contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, CA. We will determine your exact injury and guide you to the best treatment. Call (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment online.