A stone bruise can describe a couple of different issues. It could be a bruise in the fatty padding of the foot, particularly in the heel. Usually, this develops after stepping on a rock or similarly hard object and damaging the soft tissue. It makes the foot tender and sensitive to pressure.
However, this type of bruise could also describe the symptoms of other conditions, like metatarsalgia in the ball of the foot. Inflammation in the metatarsal heads can create a painful, swollen spot that hurts to press on.
No matter the cause of the problem, the issue makes it uncomfortable to walk around or participate in hard-impact activities, like running. You will need to have the problem accurately diagnosed and then treated.
Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. can help you find the best therapy to resolve your discomfort. Use our online request form or call either of our two offices—(203) 876-7736 for our Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location—to make an appointment with us.