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Swelling from hit to shin from softball-should i continue to ice or switch to heat? If switch to heat, should I use heating pad or will icy hot work?

Swelling from hit to shin from softball-should i continue to ice or switch to heat? If switch to heat, should I use heating pad or will icy hot work?

Treatment options: If your injury occured 72+ hours ago then it is acceptable to switch to heat in an effort to deal with any swelling in the area. Icyhot doesn't cause the same healing effect of ice or heat. Topicals such as this are known as counterirritants that trick pain receptors, but really do nothing more than numb the area. If you are having severe pain, or are unable to walk on your leg please have a xray. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Why is my ankle swelling if I got hit in the shin?

Why is my ankle swelling if I got hit in the shin?

Gravity: You may have had some internal bleeding/bruising or inflammation. This fluid will obey gravity and flow down. ...Read more

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I got hit on my shin, so why is my ankle swelling?

I got hit on my shin, so why is my ankle swelling?

Reactive edema: Is very common. It could also be bleeding. It could be an underlying fracture or stress fracture. If you think you have a broken bone see an er doc or ortho guy. If you think yu have a DVT - which is different - you need to tell your family doctor this. ...Read more

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I was playing softball 2 weeks ago and got hit in the shin with a ball. The swelling is getting bigger. Is this normal? And how long should it last?

I was playing softball 2 weeks ago and got hit in the shin with a ball. The swelling is getting bigger. Is this normal? And how long should it last?

Trauma: You probably have significant swelling from tissue injury , including blood in the soft tissues causing inflammation. After two weeks you should have an x-ray to rule out bone involve not. Heat will help this resolve. ...Read more

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I tripped on stairs and my leg went in between the stairs hit the bottom my shin pretty good. Sever swelling and pain no bruising. What could it be?

I tripped on stairs and my leg went in between the stairs hit the bottom my shin pretty good. Sever swelling and pain no bruising. What could it be?

A Bruise: Wait a few days, the bruise might be on a deep layer next to the bone, and it takes a while for the blood to make it to the surface to see. The blood might show up not where it was stuck but lower due to gravity effects and it might not bruise at all, swelling alone can occur after blunt trauma. ...Read more

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Son hit his shin on a metal bar, 6"below knee. Leg has small swelling in this area, only tingles when it is touched no pain elsewhere. Should i be concerned and have xray?

Son hit his shin on a metal bar, 6"below knee.  Leg has small swelling in this area, only tingles when it is touched no pain elsewhere. Should i be concerned and have xray?

Shin Contusion: If your son can bear weight on his leg, then it is not broken and does not need an xray. Unfortunately, that area is slow to heal, will cause pain when he walks for some time, and may have a persistent lump there. ...Read more

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I hit my shin really hard today on a bench, now it is swollen and bruised and when you run your finger over it you can feel an indention, what should i do? I've been icing it to take down the swelling so far

I hit my shin really hard today on a bench, now it is swollen and bruised and when you run your finger over it you can feel an indention, what should i do? I've been icing it to take down the swelling so far

Keep doing: what you are doing. It is not uncommon for a forceful contusion to make such a "dent" as you describe. Icing and elevation are the best things to do, for up to 48 or 72 hours. Then resume normal activities avoiding anything that seems to increase the swelling or pain (i.e. running, over-exertion). The dent may remain a surprisingly long time...even months to years:( Sorry. Take care of yourself ...Read more

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Hit on left shin w softball. Huge bump rite away. have swelling, bruising on foot, slight achiness while walking or after icing. What could be wrong?

Hit on left shin w softball. Huge bump rite away. have swelling, bruising on foot, slight achiness while walking or after icing. What could be wrong?

Likely a Bruise: You likely have a bruise, but a softball is fairly hard and usually is traveling very fast. A fracture is unlikely but you should be evaluated by your physician to make sure it is not present. A simple X-ray will be able to tell. ...Read more

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Hit my shin 7 days ago, it hurt pretty bad, big knot on leg and now i noticed bruising and swelling in my foot,right above ankle.

Hit my shin 7 days ago,  it hurt pretty bad,  big knot on leg  and now i noticed bruising and swelling in my foot,right above ankle.

Common: bruising from shin initially spreads down to foot and ankle due to gravity. Should resolve in time. Try some elevation and ankle exercises. See doctor if gets worse rather than better. ...Read more