Understand your foot bruise symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.
5 causes of a foot bruise
This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.
A foot contusion (bruise) is the result of physical damage to the veins and capillaries (which help move blood back toward the heart). The blood pools in the damaged area and creates that blue/purple color.
Top Symptoms: pain in one foot, foot injury, foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, foot bruise
Symptoms that always occur with foot bruise: foot pain from an injury, foot injury
Symptoms that never occur with foot bruise: recent cutting accident
Jones fracture (broken foot)
A Jones Fracture is a fracture of a bone on the outside of the foot (called the fifth metatarsal). A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that develops with time), or a sudden break due to trauma. This can result in pain, swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot.
Top Symptoms: difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, foot bruise, foot injury
Symptoms that always occur with jones fracture (broken foot): foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, constant foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain in the outside of the foot
Urgency: In-person visit
Calcaneus fractures occur when a force that is stronger than the calcaneus itself is applied to the bone. Calcaneus fractures are rare, although they are the most commonly fractured tarsal bone. These fractures can occur in many different situations, but most commonly occur in high-..
Broken foot (navicular bone fracture)
The navicular is one of the bones of the foot.
Top Symptoms: difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, recent ankle injury, foot pain from overuse
Symptoms that always occur with broken foot (navicular bone fracture): pain in one foot, constant foot pain, recent ankle injury
Urgency: In-person visit
A foot sprain is damage to ligaments within the foot. The term "sprain" refers to overstretching or tearing of ligaments — the strong, fibrous bands of tissue that hold the bones together within the joints. Foot sprains are usually sports or dance injuries. Any sort of running movement that involves sud..
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Questions your doctor may ask about foot bruise
- Did you recently injure your foot?
- Did you just suffer from a cut or wound?
- Did you suffer a sudden, physical injury to your toe(s)?
- Do you have a rash?
Self-diagnose with our free Buoy Assistant if you answer yes on any of these questions.
Foot bruise symptom checker statistics
People who have experienced foot bruise have also experienced:
- 25% Swollen Foot
- 8% Foot Pain
- 7% Pain In The Top Of The Foot
People who have experienced foot bruise were most often matched with:
- 50% Calcaneus Fracture
- 41% Jones Fracture (Broken Foot)
- 8% Foot Bruise
People who have experienced foot bruise had symptoms persist for:
- 41% Less than a week
- 29% Less than a day
- 11% Over a month
Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant.
Two times in a one-month period my husband experienced pain and bruising in his right foot. The first time he woke up straight out of bed with a very painful foot. Areas of his foot appeared red. We assumed he injured it while sleeping. In the following days, the redness turned to bruising. Then it went away. About two weeks later, same thing happened!