Your feet are important parts of your life. Unfortunately, most people do not place much emphasis on their foot health until there is an obvious problem. While not a life-threatening issue, stone bruises can wreak havoc on the function of your feet, causing pain and immobility. With this guide, you will learn more about the causes, signs, and treatment options for stone bruises.
Anyone can develop a stone bruise on the bottom of their foot, but certain people are more prone to develop these painful issues.
If you are overweight, for instance, you have a higher risk of developing a stone bruise because more weight, pressure, and overall stress is placed on the foot. People who run or perform repetitive motions that place excess stress on the foot are also more likely to develop a stone bruise.
If you are older or wear improper footwear that lacks support, you may be at risk of developing a stone bruise as well. Stepping on a hard object can also lead to this type of foot injury.
As the name suggests, a stone bruise is a bruise that develops in the pad, heel, or ball of the foot. To some people, the bruise does not necessarily feel like a sore spot but more like they are stepping on a pebble or stone.
Constant walking on the foot that has a stone bruise can be painful. In more severe cases, this pain can affect a person's ability to walk normally.
Some individuals who have a stone bruise are unable to wear their favorite shoes because of the pain and overall soreness in the foot.
It is important to note that stone bruises can heal on their own without any medical intervention. However, if you are experiencing discomfort that is inhibiting your daily life, talk to your podiatrist today.
Fortunately, R.I.C.E. therapy is an effective option for healing a stone bruise. This therapy involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the foot. With proper therapy, R.I.C.E. improves blood circulation through the foot, reduces inflammation, and stops the overall pain while healing the bruise.
If you deal with stone bruises chronically, your podiatrist may recommend special orthotic shoes that provide the foot with support. This eases pressure on the foot, reducing pain while helping the underlying bruise heal.
Even though it may not be a common issue, stone bruises do require proper understanding and care. With this guide and your podiatrist's help, you will understand the causes, signs, and treatment options for your foot's stone bruise.Share
24 September 2019
When I developed tendinitis of my foot and ankle, my podiatrist helped me on the road to recovery. An over-use injury from the job caused me considerable pain in my foot and ankle. Ice, elevation, rest, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory relieved my inflammation of the tendons. My podiatrist also prescribed physical therapy, which helped restore my mobility. Gentle stretching exercises performed during physical therapy seemed to have a positive effect. I was shown how to follow up these exercises at home. After several weeks of following doctor's orders, my podiatrist was happy with the results. The bottom line is if you're suffering from foot pain or injury, you should see a foot specialist as soon as possible because treatment options are available.