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A 44-year-old male asked:

blood clot in my calf (not deep vein) told wear stocking but can't cos foot goes blue and swollen. operated my foot, can't walk. what to do?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Warm compresses: For superficial vein thrombosis, try warm compresses, systemic anti-inflammatory such as naprosyn, (naproxen) and topical anti-inflammatory such as aspercreme.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Consider: Wearing one with less pressure. Support hose are made with various pressure gradients.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Consult your doctor: There are many factors here that need to be examined, you need to talk to your doctor.
Dr. Ted King
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What to do?: I agree with all of the other answers. With a superficial clot, the value of compression is to decrease pain by decreasing inflammation. You can also reduce inflammation with anti-inflammatory medicines, warm soaks, ice packs and leg elevation. It is worth it to talk to your doctor about a lighter compression stocking too. I would not recommend, however, an ace bandage. They can make it worse.
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang commented
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Usually, for superficial phlebitis/thrombosis, conservative measure is all needed. However, if symptoms worsens or does not resolve in 7-10 days, repeat US to r/o DVT. If the superficial thrombosis is extensive or close to deep vein, can also consider short term anticoagulation (4-6 weeks).
Jan 2, 2015
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Several options: Discuss further with your surgeon. Consider taking an aspirin daily until clot resolves. Calf muscle pump exercises including flexion & extension of the ankle (doe not require weight bearing) will help. Warm heat to the area with heating pad. Consider a stocking "butler" which could stretch out the stocking to help you get the stocking over the operated foot. Get repeat ultrasound to recheck later

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