Stone Bruise

A stone bruise is a bruise of the fat pad of the ball of the foot or the heel. It can result from stepping on a hard object and it can be very painful. If you have a stone bruise, it may feel as if you are walking on a pebble. This pain is persistent and it takes a few days to improve.

Watch this video for some more information about stone bruises and to discover our PROVEN home treatments that can alleviate the pain and accelerate the healing.

What Is  A Stone Bruise?

A stone bruise is a deep contusion that forms mainly on the heel of the foot. This can extend into the fat pad of the heel. Although a stone bruise can happen on the ball of the foot, the main common site of injury is the heel. As mentioned earlier, if you have a stone bruise, you will feel like you are walking on a pebble. The bruised tissue is damaged, come cells burst, and the inflammatory response is triggered. As with any other tissue inflammation, dolor, or pain is a common symptom. So the pain that you may be feeling is due to inflammation and can be alleviated by the use of anti-inflammatory medication.


Heel Stone Bruise
A Heel Stone Bruise is usually due to a deep contusion in the center of the heel. This is famously named after stepping on a stone










Stone Bruise on Heel
A stone bruise of the heel can penetrate through the heel’s fat pad. This can cause deep pain in your heel. But don’t worry, it gets better very quickly.
Posterior view of the foot fat pad.



How do you get a Heel Stone Bruise?

The heel os the most common location of a stone bruise because when a person runs or falls, the large majority of the body’s weight rests on the heels. Stone bruises occur more often in older people or in people who have a thin fat pad under the heel bone.

You may be at risk of developing Stone Bruises if:

  1. You have a  thin fat pad under your heel bone.
  2. If you are 50 years of age or older
  3. You are overweight
  4. You engage of physical activities that put pressure on the feel such as running and skating
  5. You do not wear shoes that support your feet

Sometimes the stone bruise pain is not caused only by inflammation in the foot pad. This pain can be caused by a Bruised Heel Bone. Visit this page for more information about the symptoms and the treatments of a Bruised Heel Bone.

The pain that you feel after stepping on a stone can also be caused by another condition called metatarsalgia. For more information visit this page. Metatarsalgia. 


Stone Bruise on Heel
The heel usually absorbs most of your body’s weight. It has a very thin fat pad that sometimes is not enough to cushion all the force. This is possible in both falls & even standing on your feet all day.

How do you get a Stone Bruise on the ball of the foot?

The ball of the foot is the second most common location for a stone bruise. Although the majority of the weight of the body rests on the heels, the ball of the foot has a much thinner padding than the hell. For this reason, it is more likely to bruise under the right circumstances. As you get older, your fat pad becomes thinner and therefore, your foot is more likely to bruise.


Stone Bruise On Ball Of Foot
The ball of your foot is even less well cushioned than your heel, this can lead to deep contusions as well. But it gets better in a couple days!

What is the recovery time of a Stone Bruise?

The stone bruise may take a couple to a few days to get better. The recovery time depends of the severity of the bruise.


Stone Bruise Treatment
Rest, ice, elevation and anti-inflammatory medication is the only thing that will help you early on. But get new or better cushioned shoes for the future!


How to treat a Stone Bruise?

The Stone Bruise causes a lot of pain. This is mainly because if the activated inflammatory response. In order to decrease the recovery time, it is important to try to reduce the inflammation in the area.

Here are some treatment options:

  1. Treatment consists or rest, ice & elevation.
  2. There is no secret to a bone bruise, it will get better very quickly.
  3. It is also possible to take anti-inflammatories, but the pain will likely be better by the time they take effect.
  4. If the pain is consistent, consider fat pad atrophy.
  5. To treat fat pad atrophy, consider cushioned gel shoes & especially getting new shoes.


Stone Bruise Treatment
Get a good cushioned shoe for the future. Remember shoes only have a life-span of 300 miles or about 3-6 months in a normal active life.


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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.