A bone bruise is a common foot injury that can happen to people of all ages. A bone bruise is an injury that isn’t as serious as a bone fracture but can still cause pain and other issues. Even though you can develop a bone bruise anywhere on your body it’s fairly common for a bone bruise to develop on your feet where bones are closer to the surface of the skin and often more prone to injury.
When you think of the word bruise maybe you often think about injuries to the skin, but this doesn’t mean that bones can’t also sustain a similar injury. You may find yourself particularly susceptible to bone bruises if you are an athlete, if you aren’t wearing the proper protective gear for your sport or if your job requires you to be on your feet most of the day.
Besides the standard bruise that will appear near the bone there are other symptoms that you may also experience including:
- Joint stiffness or limited mobility
- Pain or tenderness near the bruise
Depending on the extent of the bone bruise, your symptoms can last as little as a couple of days or as long as a few months. If you notice that swelling hasn’t gone away or has gotten worse, or if the pain isn’t being properly managed with over-the-counter pain medications, then it’s time to visit a foot doctor who can determine whether you are dealing with a bone bruise or if these symptoms are due to a more serious injury.
If you have a minor bone bruise this injury can often be managed with simple at-home solutions such as taking OTC anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling, as well as icing the injury and resting the foot as much as possible. While the bone heals it’s important that you don’t participate in any physical activities that could exacerbate the injury.
To keep swelling down it’s important to elevate the leg as much as possible throughout the day. If you have a more severe bone bruise that has also affected a joint, a podiatrist may recommend wearing a brace or splint to help support and stabilize the joint until the bruise has fully healed. In some cases, you may even benefit from physical therapy and daily stretching and strengthening exercises.
If you are dealing with foot pain and other symptoms that don’t seem to go away with at-home care then it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist you can trust. Whether you think you are dealing with a bone bruise or a potential fracture, let us help you figure out the cause of your symptoms and create a treatment plan that will have you back on your feet.