Bruised Heel  Pain / Bruised Heels / Fat Pad Contusion

Bruised heels or Fat pad contusions can be a painful and debilitating condition. 

Bruised heels are not to be confused with other conditions that cause heel pain such as plantar fasciitis, calcaneal stress fractures and plantar calcaneal bursitis.  These conditions will all cause pain in the heel area that feels similar to a bruised heel, but they have a different cause.

Bruised heels often occur over the most bony projections of the bottom of the heel bone.  See the image below.

Diagram showing the most common location of a bruised heel

A bruised heel or fat pad contusion may develop from either a single traumatic injury (such landing on concrete on the heels in bare feet) or chronically as a result from repetitively hard heel strike with poor heel cushioning (such as running on concrete in bare feet).

When suffering from a bruised heel the patient can usually recall the traumatic incident that has caused the pain.  This is very helpful  in differentiating bruised heel pain from other heel pains.

Treatment of a bruised heel or fat pad contusion consists of avoiding aggravating activity (such as running on hard surfaces) and adding cushioning and support to the heel.  This is best done with a soft orthotic like the Docpods Ultra Soft Orthotics.  Soft supportive footwear such as running shoes will also be helpful in cushioning the shoe.

Recovery from a bruised heel will depend on the amount of time that the conditions has been untreated for. In long standing cases cortisone injections may be necessary for a complete reduction in pain.

Select your docpods orthotics from the products below to relieve pain from bruised heels today.


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THE KEY STEPS TO GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE DOCPODS:

FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

NON FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

1. Measure your existing shoe insole:

 1. Measure from your heel to ball of foot:


 

2. Then compare your measurements from above to match the product size charts below:
(you can trim to fit the insoles by approximately 1cm)


Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports


  US UK EURO SLIMLINE 3 QUARTER  SPORTS 
Size  cm cm cm
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40 16  16.3  25.8
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43  17.4 17.2  27.4
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47 19.3   18.2 29.4

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra Soft

  XXS XS S M L XL
EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14
LENGTH (cm) 23.2cm 24.9cm 26.2cm 28.8cm 30cm  31.2cm

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only

  Size SPORTS  SLIMLINE
XXS 12-1  19.5cm 13cm 
XS 2-3 22.4cm  15.3cm 

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit

  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14
LENGTH (cm) 26.5cm 29.2cm