Prevention and Treatment of Bruises
Prevention is difficult, if not impossible, to completely achieve. Totally protecting the feet from any possibility of injury would be the only way. For optimal foot protection, IPFH suggests wearing properly selected and fitted, as part of an integrated approach, padded socks with shoes with non-slip outsoles and any inserts or orthotics prescribed or recommended by a doctor or foot health professional. Peer-reviewed, published studies have shown that wearing clinically-tested padded socks can help protect against injuries to the skin/soft tissue of the foot due to the effects of impact, pressure and/or shear forces.
Light bruises typically heal on their own. The immediate application of ice while elevating the bruised area may reduce or completely prevent swelling by restricting blood flow to the area and preventing internal bleeding. If you suspect a bone bruise, see your doctor immediately to avoid further bone damage.