The stone bruise has other sophisticated name called Metatarsalgia. A stone bruise is where a person feels the pain of a stinging “A toothache, ” but it is located in the ball part of his/her foot.
The person inflicted by this stone bruise may feel like they are walking on a pebble of stone. The stinging feeling will accompany them when they pick up this disease.
It is not a severe disease, but it can be a bit painful and annoying as it includes sharp pain on the foot when the person is walking or standing. Normally there is a possibility of swelling in the pain area, but usually, no discoloration is involved.
The stone bruise pain may occur suddenly and also appear over time slowly. Often, the stone bruise develops gradually over a couple of period of weeks or months. The causes of this annoying disease are usually by those points below:
- Injury inflicted when training or doing personal daily activities
- Wearing shoes which are not fit for the foot
- Overweight condition which puts excessive pressure on the ball of the foot
- The shape of foot that is unable to balance the weight distribution of the body
As seeing the cause of this disease, every person may have the possibilities of picking up this disease. Especially when the person is often involved in athletic high-impact activities such as football, basketball, tennis, and other types of running-involved sports.
When the shoes the person wear does not exactly fit their foot properly, the possibilities of this stone bruise may increase exponentially. For normal people who are not affiliated with exercising activities may also pick up this disease when the person is having a kind of condition or disorders where deformation changes the normal foot shape of the person.
What Can You Do For A Stone Bruise?
What can you do for a stone bruise? The obvious first thing needed to do when the person picked up this disease is checking the SOURCE of this particular disease. As quoted by Peter Drucker goes” An assumptions can be disastrous.”
Start by identifying what exactly triggered the disease in the first place is important as not to worsen the disease and also to prevent the disease to be picked up again in the future. Firstly, start by checking the fitting of the all the shoes in possession to find out whether it is properly fitted or not.
Wearing the shoes which is not properly fitted when participating in sports activities is the most frequent source of this disease. Afterwards, continue by remembering the activities which may have the probabilities of putting excessive pressure on the foot.
As not to repeat this activity to avoid the disease occurrences in the future. If nothing comes out by self-investigation, the next thing will recommend doing is by visiting a doctor. The doctor usually will ask the daily routines activities and what recent activities committed which may cause the stone bruises.
For further inspection, normally the doctor also will conduct several tests to check the foot condition.
Stone Bruise Treatment?
For the first precaution when the disease is picked up, try to use innersole cushioning or a metatarsal pad on the pain area. This step can take a bit of pressure in the pain area.
Continue by “ICING” the pain area could help with the acute inflammation. A few times of 20 minutes per day will be good enough.
After the first step measure has been taken, try elevating a bit of the foot after activity. That would help to reduce the pain caused and avoid worsening the bruises.
Next, try taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the pain. But be careful as some drugs may slow the healing process such as Ibuprofen.
What if the bruise is more severe than normal cases? What if after all the “First Aid” measures have been conducted and the pain is still not gone? Go to the doctor and in severe cases, usually the doctor will recommend the person to Steroid Injections.
If the shape of the foot has been changed due to the deformation or another disease, the doctor usually will recommend SURGERY to reshape the foot’s bone or remove irritated nerve. For the person who still wants to continue exercise, try to avoid the high-impact sports activities at the moment until the pain is gone.
It is advised to try on a cycling or swimming exercise instead. For a woman, avoid the high-heeled shoes for the moment to avoid the pressure on the pain.
When wearing shoes, avoid choosing right shoes. Choose shoes with proper, adequate support and cushioning.
For an overweight person, try to lose weight or maintain a healthy nonhigh-impact exercise as this will reduce the pressure on the foot.
How Long Does a Stone Bruise Last?
How long does a stone bruise last? If the stone bruise is early detected and properly treated usually, it will give a good prognosis. But if the bruise is left untreated, it will spread the pain into other parts other than the foot itself.
Such as the hip or the lower back of the body because of the limping of the foot pain. And if the stone bruise is properly treated and the all the precaution is properly committed, the bruise can be healed in several days or more than just a week.
But if it is not properly treated and keep violated the precaution activities prescribed the doctor or physical physician, some people might have this disease accompany them which lasted for three months and maybe longer. It all depends on the treatment and the prevention act of further worsening the bruises.