Bruised heel remedies and when to see a doctor

Bruised heel remedies and when to see a doctor

A bruised heel occurs when an injury crushes blood vessels inside the heel's muscles and soft tissue.

A heel bruise, sometimes referred to as a heel contusion, is an injury to the soft tissue within and around the heel.

Heel injuries can also destabilize the foot, which increases the risk of further injury.

Lift the injured heel while sitting, and cross the foot over the other leg.

Immobilize the foot and heel, using a wrap or splint, for a day or two.

Wear comfortable shoes that fit well, without rubbing your heel.

Do nothing that hurts, including stretches or exercises to the heel.

If the underlying condition, such as plantar fasciitis, is what feels like a bruise, the doctor may recommend steroid injections to speed healing and ease pain.

Heel pain is the most common complaint in adults about foot.

Numerous health problems can trigger heel pain, including injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and nervous system.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly responsible for heel pain, and may feel like a bruise.

Unlike a plantar fasciitis with a bruised heel, may not go away on its own.

Because young people's injuries can affect their growth and development, children and teens with heel pain should see a doctor within 1-2 days.

Only a health-care provider can diagnose the cause of heel pain accurately.

If the pain is unbearable, or a serious injury is a concern, see a doctor.

Heel injuries are treatable and can speed healing by addressing them early.

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