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shin injury leads to blood pooling around ankle

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 26, 2007
  • 04:34 AM

I hit my shin really hard two weeks ago. After a day or two I noticed swelling and discoloration around my ankles. It has been two weeks and the discoloration and swelling in my ankles seems to be getting worse, not better. When I hit my shin, could I have damaged a major vien or something causing blood to pool around my ankles?

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  • I am curious to know what your recovery was like. One week ago today I was wacked in the shin by a spring loaded (60lb+) steel door. I tend to tough things out but as of yesterday my resolve faded. I do not have any breaks (xray) nor clots (ultasound) but goodness the pain is somethig else. Immediate care Dr. said a bone bruise is likely. Keep n eye on it.What is interesting is that in the spot the door hit me there is very little visible damamge. It was a very localize whack. A slight lump is present and a bit of yellowing (ugly bruising from an injury a week ago) and the blood that pooled up in my ankle is taking on a dark color. Ok so a really good bruise can go black too so I have a comparison but now it is begining to ache in that area probablly due to pressure (?)This is really unlike anything I have ever expereineced and I am a mother of 2!!
    howdee 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Last year, I suffered a tibial plateau fracture in my left leg, and after a few weeks, I noticed that my ankle was beginning to swell, which was far from my initial injury. The doctor was able to put a dimple in the ankle and the dimple would stay, that's how bad it was. I can't remember the term he used. But during physical therapy, I received weekly massages of the leg so the blood would redistribute through my leg.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 15, 2008
    • 07:16 PM
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  • You have to tell me how things worked out Howdee. I have what sounds like an identical injury with identical symptoms. It's been 9 days and the ankle discoloration and swelling are getting worse. What became of your injury?
    Kieffer 1 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 04:41 AM
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  • A simple injury to the shin would not cause pedal or ankle edema.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
    • 02:41 PM
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  • does it hurt when you point your toes down or pull them up toward your nose? it is in both ankles? did you break the skin when you hit your shin? have you been getting around like usual since then? drink plenty of water and elevate your ankles higher than your heart as much as possible. this should help with swelling.
    AprilRN 27 Replies
    • January 26, 2009
    • 05:10 AM
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  • As result of an auto accident, I injured the side of my calf. A large, hard lump formed, then my ankle swelled up and after bruising was gone, a large, black bruise formed on inside of my ankle. That was 3 months ago now, I have no pain and no lump left, but Dr. says this could last for a year. This is pooled blood and may never go away.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 21, 2010
    • 11:41 PM
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  • Hardness and localised swelling and pain is due to hematomas, when you have knocks,ligament tears or breaks, particularly in the lower leg, you will often experience a hematoma, blood clotting that leads to blood entering a secondary layer beneath the skin. Ive had 5 or 6 of these now and the cure for this is (for me anyway) 2 aspirin every few hours, ice pack on for 15 minutes and off for 30 continuously throughout the day....two baths at a nice hot temperature, be careful though as the skin in lower leg and foot may be stretched and sore to touch...massage the area and try to keep elevated ..i.ie. above heart level for as much time as possible...larger hematomas tend to subside alot through manipulation and actually by walking them out...however they can remain stubborn and still be felt up to 3 or 4 months later in some cases..I know how you all feel...literally the worst pain and wouldnt wish it on anyone..henry
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  • Hardness and localised swelling and pain is due to hematomas, when you have knocks,ligament tears or breaks, particularly in the lower leg, you will often experience a hematoma, blood clotting that leads to blood entering a secondary layer beneath the skin. Ive had 5 or 6 of these now and the cure for this is (for me anyway) 2 aspirin every few hours, ice pack on for 15 minutes and off for 30 continuously throughout the day....two baths at a nice hot temperature, be careful though as the skin in lower leg and foot may be stretched and sore to touch...massage the area and try to keep elevated ..i.ie. above heart level for as much time as possible...larger hematomas tend to subside alot through manipulation and actually by walking them out...however they can remain stubborn and still be felt up to 3 or 4 months later in some cases..I know how you all feel...literally the worst pain and wouldnt wish it on anyone..henryYou might want to look into acupuncture to help with the swelling. I had something similar happen to my calf and I was unable to sleep due to the unbearable pain. The hematoma caused blood to compartmentalize and restrict blood flow to my leg. After a couple acupuncture treatments the problem went away. Sure, it would have went away on it's own, but I feel that the acupuncture sped things up quite a bit.
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  • I had an injury to my shin in which I took a chunk of skin off from my shin as well as grazing. The bruising is something else though. Nearly all the front of my lower leg is bruised. Four days ago I noticed my ankle on the same leg was swollen and black although there was no injury to my ankle. The replies above have helped in showing I am not alone and I'm not going mad. My only question is if there is any risk of blood clots? And those who say that this is painful - you weren't joking!
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