A bruised heel can occur from the force of striking the ground repeatedly while running or jumping. This repeated trauma to the heel can damage blood vessels in the soft tissue and muscles in and around the heel. Even though the skin does not break, a bruised heel, or heel contusion, can result in bleeding under the skin. The pain caused by a bruised heel may respond to heat, ice, or both, and may also be alleviated with rest and elevation. Severely bruised heels may require the care of a podiatrist who can prescribe custom orthotics and shoes, physical therapy, and even prescription-strength medications. It is also important to have a podiatrist examine your injury in order to rule out other possible causes of pain in the heel, such as a fracture or plantar fasciitis.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar Fasciosis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.