If you've ever experienced discomfort or pain in your foot after a long run or hike, you may have developed a condition known as a stone bruise. While it may sound like a minor ailment, a stone bruise can be quite painful and can take several days or even weeks to heal. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what a stone bruise is, how it can be prevented, and how it can be treated.
What is a Stone Bruise?
A stone bruise, also known as a metatarsal stress fracture, is a condition that occurs when the small bones in the foot are subjected to repeated impact. This can happen when you run, hike, or walk on hard surfaces for extended periods of time, especially if you're not wearing appropriate footwear. When the bones in the foot are subjected to repeated impact, they can become inflamed and irritated, causing pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of a Stone Bruise
If you've developed a stone bruise, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain and tenderness in the affected foot, especially when standing or walking
- Swelling or bruising around the affected area
- Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot
- Aching or throbbing pain that gets worse with activity