What Causes Blood Under the Skin of the Soles of Your Feet?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What would cause blood under the skin on the soles of feet?

Doctor's response

Blood under the skin of the soles of the feet most commonly occurs because of stress forces on the skin during walking or running, typically as a result of improper footwear. It can also be caused by puncture wounds or trauma to the foot. Rarely, bleeding disorders can lead to blood spontaneously leaking into the skin under the foot. Occasionally, rupture of the ganglion cysts from the knee can bleed through the tissues of the leg into the bottom of the foot.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018