The feet take a lot of pounding, and if you run or are physically active, multiply that by four—at least. Adventure races like the recent Met Con Blue at Blue Mountain can put your foundation to the test, and bruising may be the result.
While injury and trauma are typically the cause of these discolored, sore areas, there are other reasons for their formation as well. The feet contain many bones, among them are the sesamoids. Bruising can happen when too much pressure is placed on the ball-of-the-foot, and these bones are inflamed or even fractured. Metatarsalgia also presents with a feeling of bruising on the ball-of-the-foot, however, there are no visible signs.
Improper footwear is one of the leading causes of this sometimes painful occurrence. Other influences have to do with activity level, weight, age, and how the body is cared for daily. There are also medical conditions that can cause bruising, so unexplainable areas on the skin should be discussed with your medical provider.
Proper care for a bruise typically involves icing your feet, allowing time for them to rest and heal, and addressing their cause. While you can’t change the fact that you dropped a heavy box on your foot, you can adjust your footwear, or address issues of obesity. If a bruise isn’t healing, contact our office. This is especially important for the diabetic foot.
If your feet need extra support, custom orthotics may be helpful. Chiropodist Tony Abbott understands the work that your feet do for you on a daily basis. Visit Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON for all of your foot care needs. Call (705) 444-9929, or schedule an appointment online today!
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