Heel bruise is a common injury, it refers to the following situation: the heel fat pad is injured or inflamed, causing heel pain and swelling.
The heel fat pad is a protective layer, located at the heel bone bottom. Any trauma or heel bone injuries can damage this protective layer, resulting in heel bruise. The following factors may also lead to heel bruise: plantar fasciitis, heel fracture, achilles tendonitis, bursitis.
The common symptoms include: heel pain, swelling, redness, downhill walking difficulty. In some cases, it may cause ruptured blood vessels and discolorations. Ice packs, heel pad and resting can help to reduce the symptoms. Seek medical help if necessary.