Contrast Baths Treatment Reduces Swelling and Pain

This treatment modality serves as a “pumping mechanism” to reduce swelling and pain.

Prior to beginning:

  • Place two containers (large enough for the area of the foot to immerse) side by side.
  • Fill the first with cold water to about 50 degrees.
  • Add ice as needed to maintain temp.
  • Fill the second with warm water to about 100 degrees.


  1. Place the foot or forefoot in the cold water pan for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Remove and place in the warm water pan for an equal 5-10 minutes.
  3. Continue to alternate warm to cold for a total of 20-30 minutes total time, with each immersion lasting 5-10 minutes.
  4. Always start and finish in the COLD bath.
  5. You can/should move the foot through a tolerable range of motion during the immersion. Writing the ABC’s with the forefoot or contracting and relaxing muscles.