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The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. This compound is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can reduce swelling and pain. Boil 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in 1 cup of milk and allow to simmer over a low flame over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of honey and drink this mixture twice each day to encourage healing. You can also take curcumin supplements. Consult your physician to find out the exact dosage for your condition.
5. Warm Wraps or Elastic Wraps
To reduce the amount of stress placed on your calf muscles, you can use compressive bandages, made of elastic, to give you some relief from swelling and pain. This will also help encourage the healing process. Follow the directions on the package and wrap both your foot and calf with the compression wrap. This method works even better if you are able to keep the affected leg elevated to reduce swelling. Keep the wrap on for a few days or as instructed by your doctor. Avoid wrapping too tightly, as this can actually make your condition even more painful.
These wraps are available in almost every drug or department store or talk to your doctor about which wraps would work best for you if you have any questions.
6. Do Your Homework
If you have seen a doctor and he has given you a set of exercises or if your physical therapists have suggested an at-home set of exercises for you, be sure to do them. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises can cut your recovery time significantly and help to prevent future incidences.
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