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After a kick instep swollen! Bruise on outer side of the foot and on middel toes! Hurts moving toes! After 4 days no improvement! What's wrong? Broken?

After a kick instep swollen! Bruise on outer side of the foot and on middel toes! Hurts moving toes! After 4 days no improvement! What's wrong? Broken?

Possibly.: I hope you have rested it, iced it, put a wrap on it, and elevated your foot to help. Sounds like you should have this checked out. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I have swelling and bruising on my instep after a possible stress fracture on my 5th metatarsal; can these be connected? What is causing the swelling?

I have swelling and bruising on my instep after a possible stress fracture on my 5th metatarsal; can these be connected? What is causing the swelling?

Yes: Stress fracture, just like any other fracture causes swelling and bruising. The difference is that stress fracture results from over uses and pressure on the bone versus other fractures that are usually caused by trauma. Treatments of most of the foot fractures including stress fracture is immobilization along with compression, rest and elevation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could get a bruise on my foot?

Can you tell me how I could get a bruise on my foot?

Injury: It is easy to have a bruise form from simple injury or hitting yourself on an object. ...Read more

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How do I heal is what I think is a bruise on my foot? My teen stood on it?

How do I heal is what I think is a bruise on my foot? My teen stood on it?

Read below: If this condition has been ongoing for over 3 days and getting progressively worse, make sure to see your podiatrist as you need to rule out a possible stress fracture. If the area only has discomfort, than try wrapping the foot with an elastic bandage and taking otc anti inflammatory medicine. ...Read more

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Hello, I have this weird bruise on my foot that appeared out of nowhere.?

Hello, I have this weird bruise on my foot that appeared out of nowhere.?

See below: Hard to say without more history and examination. May have hit it without noticing it. Possible that foot slid in or pressed against shoe in activity. Maybe a may be a small vein that broke in skin. If this fails to resolve or worsens, see Podiatrist. ...Read more

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What can I do to exercise my right foot if I've just recovered from a bruise?

What can I do to exercise my right foot if I've just recovered from a bruise?

Read below: If the bruise and pain have completely dissipated, than with a proper supportive shoe, you should be able to return to exercise right away. If pain is present, than I would limit myself to a bike or elliptical machine. If still concerned, see your podiatrist. Good luck. ...Read more

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The outside side of my right foot has discoloring like it's bruised is that bad?

The outside side of my right foot has discoloring like it's bruised is that bad?

Be careful: Meds like advil (ibuprofen) and motrin can cause bruising. Are you hurting your foot or is it spontaneous? I would get a cbc (blood test to see your counts) to make sure. Do you have history of easy bruising? Are you a runner or putting too much pressure on the foot? ...Read more

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Something popped in the bottom of my dad's foot. There's a big reddish area under his foot looks bruised?

Something popped in the bottom of my dad's foot. There's a big reddish area under his foot looks bruised?

Need eval: See a podiatrist, popping and bruising are signs of tear or fracture either way it needs medical attention. Try to wear a stiff shoe in the meantime to immobilize it. ...Read more

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I couldn't get my rainboots off, when I took it off my foot was so bruised, it's getting worse, could I have broken it?

Did you injure it?: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture. ...Read more

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I caught a foot ball wrong. I felt imidiate pain. It is swollen and bruised. I can move it a little then it hurts to move. Is it broken?

I caught a foot ball wrong. I felt imidiate pain. It is swollen and bruised. I can move it a little then it hurts to move. Is it broken?

There's a chance: Most fractures will have pain, swelling, bruising and will be difficult to move digits. If you are concerned about a broken bone, the best way to know is to have an xray done. Have your doctor look at it for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan! ...Read more

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The outside of my left foot is very painful. Nothing showing on it such as bruise just very painful. What is your recommendation for this?

The outside of my left foot is very painful. Nothing showing on it such as bruise just very painful. What is your recommendation for this?

Consider stress Fx.: The outside of the foot can have pain for apparently no reason, especially in the early phases of a stress fracture involving the fifth metatarsal. If the pain has been going on for several weeks, an ordinary x-ray may show the healing. A bone scan may also be necessary. Rest, cast boot and elevation may be on the menu for you. ...Read more

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Is my foot broken, bruised or a torn tendion?

Is my foot broken, bruised or a torn tendion?

Go to your Doctor: I am sorry to report but there is nothing in your question upon which to base an answer. But, I do know that anatomy after an injury can in no way be diagnosed on the internet. One needs an exam, in person, and possibly an x-ray. ...Read more

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Bruised foot for a month could it be broken?

Bruised foot for a month could it be broken?

Need x-ray: An x-ray will help make a diagnosis. See podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. Occasionally, other studies may be needed such as an mri. ...Read more

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Bruise on top foot but no pain at all. What is this plzz help.

Bruise on top foot but no pain at all. What is this plzz help.

Clotting: It sounds like a bruise. If it does not go away, please see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long will a broken foot stay bruised?

How long will a broken foot stay bruised?

Weeks: A broken foot can stay bruised for 4-6 weeks after a fracture, on average. Sometimes the bruising goes away more quickly, sometimes it takes even longer. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my foot is sprained or just bruised?

How do I tell if my foot is sprained or just bruised?

Have it looked at: A sprain injury can result in redness, bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability of the involved area. An x-ray will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What can my husband do for a bruise on the arch of his foot?

What can my husband do for a bruise on the arch of his foot?

Have it looked at.: Bruising could be due to different reasons. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some radiology exams may help to determine the right cause. Causes of bruising may include: trauma (fracture, sprains, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions, biomechanical abnormality, blood clots, and puncture injuries. Treatment will depend on the cause. ...Read more

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Bruised pads of foot from gymnastics. How do I prevent this?

Bruised pads of foot from gymnastics. How do I prevent this?

Go to podiatrist: A podiatrist would be able to examine your feet and determine if the motion in the ball of the foot is creating more pressure at the metatarsals. If so, there are padding/strapping that can be applied to your foot while training that can help with this. ...Read more

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