What other symptoms might occur with a foot bruise?

A foot bruise may be accompanied by other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Foot bruises are often associated with foot pain, swelling, and skin discoloration. Easy bruising or unexplained bruising of the feet or any body part may also be accompanied by other bleeding symptoms.

Foot symptoms that may occur along with a foot bruise

Foot bruising may occur with other symptoms related to the foot including:

  • Broken or lacerated skin on the foot

  • Difficulty walking or running

  • Foot numbness or tingling

  • Foot or toe pain

  • Foot swelling

Other symptoms that may occur along with a foot bruise

A foot bruise may occur with symptoms outside the foot. Symptoms may include:

  • Ankle pain, swelling or inflammation

  • Bleeding gums

  • Bruises on the legs, hands, or other areas of the body

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Heavy menstrual flow

  • Joint pain

  • Nosebleeds

  • Painful or tender areas

  • Poor wound healing

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, such as in major trauma or complications of an underlying disease, a foot bruise may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these serious symptoms:

  • Confusion or change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Deformity or sudden loss of function or sensation in the foot

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or severe shortness of breath

  • Extreme pain, swelling, or feeling of pressure in the bruised area

  • Petechiae (tiny pinpoint red or purple dots from bleeding under the skin)

  • Seizure

  • Stiff neck

  • Sudden, severe dizziness or light-headedness

  • Vomiting blood, bloody stools, or heavy rectal bleeding

What is a foot bruise?

The foot’s major structures are the toes, arch and heel, which are made up of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. A foot bruise occurs when blood leaks out of the blood vessels in the foot into the tissues of the skin, muscles or bones. Foot bruising can affect any part of the foot, from the toenail to the very back of the heel. A foot bruise may appear on a small part of one foot or... Read more about foot bruiseintroduction


What causes foot bruises?

Most foot bruising is caused by a minor contusion or injury, such as from minor bumps, scrapes, trips or falls. You may find that you bruise more easily on your feet and legs than on other body parts. This is because those areas are generally more prone to injury and to the effect of gravity on blood flow. Easy bruising may simply be a familial, or inherited, tendency and not necessarily a caus... Read more about foot bruisecauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles, Injuries and Wounds

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