Contusions and bruises to the feet and ankles are common sports injuries with the former more severe than the latter. They most commonly occur as a result of direct trauma or repeated blows during certain sports activities such as being hit by a baseball, getting kicked during soccer, or getting stepped on during basketball. This results in swelling, bruising, and increased warmth as part of the inflammatory process.

Contusions and bruises can also be caused by running in shoes that are too large or too small causing repeated trauma between your foot and the shoe. Foot and ankle bruises and contusions can also come from regular daily activities, such stubbing your toe or foot, getting stepped on, or dropping a heavy object on your foot.


It's important to see your podiatrist as soon as possible to rule out extensive damage and be educated on the quickest way to regain normal function. In some cases, this may include an x-ray, CT scan or MRI. Your doctor will also rule out any fractures or other damage. 


For immediate treatment of a contusion we recommend RICE, (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Once you see one of our Seattle podiatrists he/she will likely recommend:

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugsLight stretching of the muscle to prevent scar tissue formation.
  • Light stretching of the muscle (when afftected) to prevent scar tissue formation
  • Limiting sports and other activities, depending on the severity and location of the injury and until the pain and swelling are gone.

Other sports related foot problems that occur from overuse and excessive training are  heel pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendonitisstress fractures, and ankle sprains.

If you or a loved one has sustained this type of injury, you can call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000. We provide same day appointments for injuries.