A foot is bruised occurs as a result of direct impact or trauma which causes tissues under the skin to bleed. A bruise or contusion is made up of blood beneath the skin, resulting from broken blood vessels.
Signs & symptoms
The athlete will feel pain and tenderness at the time of injury. Walking on the injured foot is likely to be uncomfortable if not painful depending on the location of the injury. Swelling may appear quickly within a few minutes of injury whilst bruising tends to appear 24 to 48 hours later. The location of the bruise may change as may the color.
Treatment of a bruised Foot
A foot contusion should be treated like any other bruise and mostly left alone to rest. Applying ice or cold therapy immediately after injury for 10 to 15 minutes every hour will help limit internal bleeding and swelling. Elevating the foot will help blood and swelling drain away. In severe cases, crutches may be supplied and anti-pain medication prescribed.