I am a high school track and cross country runner.


Q: I am a high school track and cross country runner. For almost a year now, my foot has been swollen on the side, right next to my ankle. When I stretch the muscle on the top of my foot near my toes, I feel some pain. I also feel some when I stretch the muscles on my leg above my heel. It's not a constant pain though and it doesnt really hurt when I run. It only hurts when I stretch the mucles.


A:   Hi,

Welcome to Ask The Doctor. Thank you for your query.

You should try RICE therapy. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Rest - Rest the leg. This means reducing running on the leg. You may consider doing water running which can help and keep your fitness
Ice - Ice the area for 15 minutes every hour. Do this up to 5 times a day.
compression - Use Crepe Bandage to tie the leg to reduce the swelling. Do not tie it too tightly to allow blood circulation.
Elevation - Raise your leg over a couple of pillows to allow the blood to flow back from the leg to the heart.

If your leg is not better after 1 week, please consult an Orthopedician.

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