Bruised Ankle Bone

Bruised Ankle Bone: A bone bruise is a real thing, it is known as an ankle contusion. Find out what caused it & how to fix it!




What Is An Ankle Bone Bruise:


Bruised Ankle Bone
The center of the bone is softer & filled with blood vessels. Direct trauma can cause bleeding within the bone. This is a bone bruise.

Yes bone bruises are possible. But they are slightly different than the common skin bruise we know!

  • Bone bruises are bleeding within the bone.
  • The bone has a hard outer layer, with a less dense inner layer.
  • The outer layer is known as the cortical layer.
  • The inner layer is known as the cancellous layer.
  • There is also a thin layer of tissue on top of the bone known as periosteum.

A bone bruise is bleeding caused within the bone!


Causes Of Ankle Bone Bruises:

Bruised Ankle Bone
This is a bone bruise within the knee. This is highlighted by an MRI.
  • An ankle bone bruise usually come from a direct or a twisting injury.
  • These are forces not strong enough to break the bone.
  • But they are strong enough to rupture vessels within the bone.
  • This causes non-visible bleeding in the bone with severe pain!
  • The most common cause is sports injuries & direct trauma.
  • Sprained ankles also usually result in bone bruising.


Symptoms Of A Bruised Ankle Bone:

  • Pain while pushing on the bone.
  • Swelling of the surrounding tissue.
  • The pain is more severe than a regular bruise in the skin.
  • But skin bruising also usually occurs along with it.


How Long Does A Bruised Ankle Bone Last?

  • A bruised ankle bone usually lasts longer than a regular bruise.
  • There will usually be inflammation & pain for a couple days or weeks.
  • The pain can last up to 1-2 months if the bone bruise was severe enough!


Diagnosis of a Bruised Ankle Bone:

  • Usually an X-ray is not enough to confirm the bone bruise.
  • X-rays are not sensitive enough to catch the damage within the blood vessels of the bone.
  • An MRI is usually the best choice.
  • In most cases an MRI is not needed as the bone bruise will resolve anyway & the MRI is very expensive.


Bruised Ankle Bone Treatment:

Treatment Usually consists of:

  • Rest, Ice , Compression & Elevation.
  • Watch this ankle treatment guide & treat your bone bruise exactly like an ankle injury!







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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.