A stone bruise is also known as metatarsalgia. This condition affects the ball of your foot and is caused by poor-fitting shoes, high-impact exercise, or other underlying conditions.
The area between your toes and arch may feel tingly or numb, sharply painful, or like you have a pebble in your shoe. Symptoms may get worse with time.
Resting your feet, applying ice to them, using pain relievers, and finding better-fitting shoes are common ways to treat a stone bruise. More severe symptoms should be seen by a doctor.