If you are experiencing swelling or bruising on your foot, or are experiencing foot pain while at rest, you may have strained a foot muscle. A muscle pull, or a muscle tear, means you have experienced damage to a foot muscle or its attaching tendons. The tearing of a foot muscle can damage small blood vessels and cause the foot to bruise and be in pain.
The best way to manage foot muscle strains is to apply ice packs, such as the Icy Feet cold pack, early and while holding the muscle in a stretched position. Once swelling has lessened, heat can then be applied. Careful not to apply heat before all swelling has reduced or it can increase swelling and pain.
If you have a major injury to your foot muscle, you should consult your physician.