Foot Contusion

ExitCare Image A foot contusion is a deep bruise to the foot. Contusions happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The contusion may turn blue, purple, or yellow.


  • 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 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Use an elastic wrap only as told. You may remove the wrap for sleeping, showering, and bathing. Take the wrap off if you lose feeling (numb) in your toes, or they turn blue or cold. Put the wrap on more loosely.

  • Keep the foot raised (elevated) with pillows.

  • If your foot hurts, avoid standing or walking.

  • When your doctor says it is okay to use your foot, start using it slowly. If you have pain, lessen how much you use your foot.

  • See your doctor as told.


  • You have more redness, puffiness, or pain in your foot.

  • Your puffiness or pain does not get better with medicine.

  • You lose feeling in your foot, or you cannot move your toes.

  • Your foot turns cold or blue.

  • You have pain when you move your toes.

  • Your foot feels warm.

  • Your contusion does not get better in 2 days.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

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