Podiatrists treat a wide variety of foot and lower extremity conditions, through nonsurgical and surgical approaches. Many Podiatrists prescribe cold therapy for acute injuries and apply it post-surgery, however, cold therapy (cryotherapy) is not for everyone and should be used under the supervision of a medical professional.
Cold therapy has been known to decrease the activity of cells to reduce swelling and internal bleeding at the site of acute injury. Cooling the deep tissue also reduces muscle spasm by reducing the muscle's ability to maintain a contraction (contractility).
Because cold reduces bleeding and swelling within injured tissue, it is best used in the first 48 hours after an injury and usually longer after a surgery. However, cold therapy (cryotherapy) is not for everyone and should be used under the supervisor of a medical professional.