5 Possible Foot Bruise Causes
The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced 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-energy trauma situations such as car crashes or falls from heights (ex. a ladder or roof).
Symptoms generally depend on the severity of the fracture but usually include significant pain, swelling, bruising, numbness, limited mobility, and limping, among others.
Calcaneus fractures can lead to long-term deformity and require good follow-up and management. Treatment options include methods to reduce pain and restore function through surgery or physical therapy.
Top Symptoms: swollen ankle, swelling of both feet, severe foot pain, pain in both feet, swelling of one foot
Symptoms that always occur with calcaneus fracture: inability to bear weight immediately after injury, foot pain from an injury, severe foot pain
Urgency: Hospital emergency room
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 sudden stops, starts, and twisting can lead to a foot sprain. Suddenly getting the foot caught while walking or running can wrench the ligaments and cause a sprain.
Symptoms include(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/painful-foot-swelling/), bruising, and pain in the affected foot, especially with weight-bearing. If symptoms do not resolve quickly or seem to get worse instead of better, a medical provider should be seen to make sure no fracture is involved.
The diagnosis is made through physical examination and imaging such as X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI.
Treatment is usually conservative and involves rest to allow healing; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain; elevating the foot to improve circulation; wrapping the foot with an Ace bandage or wearing a special boot for support.
Top Symptoms: pain in one foot, foot injury, limping, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain: pain in one foot, foot injury
Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain: recent cutting accident
Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit
Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Foot Bruise
To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:
- 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?
The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.
If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions
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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 visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).