Foot Contusion

A contusion is a deep bruise. Bruises happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The bruise may turn blue, purple, or yellow. A bruised foot may be painful to walk on. Puffiness may make it hard to move the foot.


  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Use an elastic bandage to keep the puffiness down.

  • Keep the foot raised (elevated) above the level of the heart.

  • Avoid standing or walking on the foot.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Eat healthy.

  • See your doctor for a follow-up visit as told.


  • The pain and puffiness get worse.

  • You have a headache, muscle ache, or you feel dizzy and ill.

  • The pain is not controlled with medicine.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • The foot feels warm and it is painful to move your toes.

  • The bruise is not getting better.

  • There is yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • You lose feeling (numbness) in the foot.

  • The foot feels cold.

  • There are new problems.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you or your child is not doing well or gets worse.