A stone bruise is a hard kernel that forms on the bottom of your foot and can be quite painful. It can be even more painful to get the stone bruise cut out of your foot, and costly, too. So, what causes a stone bruise? Some types of shoes cause stone bruises because some shoes fail to shield your feet from trauma. If you are currently suffering from a stone bruise, don’t pay a high price to get it removed. Here is how you can remove it yourself:
Remove the protruding cone. If you have a stone bruise and don’t know how to remove it, chances are that you are limping around, trying to avoid putting any weight on your foot. If so, then look at the bottom of your foot and see if you have a protruding or kernel in the sore area of your foot. If you do, then you can simply remove it. Take a pair of scissors that has long, thin blades (like barber or moustache scissors) and sterilize the points with alcohol. Open up the scissors and use one of the points to push the kernel up and out of your foot. It should pop out of your foot. (Once the kernel has grown up and out of the foot, it comes out easily.) Look at the kernel that you just removed from your foot. It likely looks like a cone and might even have small circles around the stem of it. Congratulations, you just gave your foot some huge relief, but you’re not done.
Wear a corn pad. Sterilize the open place on the bottom of your foot with either peroxide or alcohol. Dry the hole and then press down as you rub your finger across the hole. Do you feel a small kernel pressing inside your foot? (You might not feel it with your hand, but your foot will feel it as your finger presses the meat of your foot toward the bone.) If you feel this, then this is the beginning of another stone bruise, but you don’t want to let it get as bad as the one you just removed, so here is what you do: place a corn pad (one that is a circle with an open middle) on top of the hole in your foot (where the initial kernel resided) and wear it until your foot recovers from the soreness that the initial kernel produced. Once your foot recovers from its soreness, you might discover that some your skin has grown over the hole that the initial kernel left. If you will look closely, though, this skin might look transparent. This means that a callous is growing over it, so you will have to cut down into it to remove the new kernel.
Cut out the seed. When your foot recovers from the soreness, and you feel the new kernel move closer to the surface, you can begin to cut it out. This will be a process, though; you cannot do this all in one sitting. Just take your sterilized scissors and use the points to lightly poke around the skin on your foot that is close to the new kernel. You will likely find that part of this skin is callous, so you can cut inward toward the new kernel without pain as long as you cut in the calloused area. If you cut inward, you can remove a portion of the new kernel if it is close enough to the top of your foot. If it isn’t, cutting inward into the callous will allow the kernel room to grow outward enough for you to reach it. Once you can reach it, you can place the scissor’s point beneath the kernel and pull upward. This will only get a portion, but if you continue the process, you will eventually get it all. Just keep wearing the corn pads to help the kernel push toward the surface and keep removing portions of the surfacing kernel until you remove it all.
When you begin to feel as if you have a pebble in your shoe, then chances are you have another stone bruise forming, so take action immediately, rather than suffering the constant pain that a stone bruise causes. Too, take note of the types of shoes that you are wearing when you get stone bruises and change types of shoes when you notice a pattern. The best way to take care of your feet is to take preventative action, rather than curing what ails them.