Acute Inflammation

Acute inflammation usually occurs after an injury or using a diseased body part, for example, an arthritic foot.  Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, warmth.  It is treated by the acronym RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation.  For more information, please click this link.  Pain and stiffness that occurs from a chronic condition, on the other hand, is treated with heat and motion.