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Have a calf tear from a week ago. using a KneeRover. Can't walk and calf is still incredibly tender. Swelling has mostly subsided. I noticed ankle is now swelling since I been on feet all day. No other addt'l symptoms. Go to doc or stay off feet?

Have a calf tear from a week ago. using a KneeRover. Can't walk and calf is still incredibly tender. Swelling has mostly subsided. I noticed ankle is now swelling since I been on feet all day. No other addt'l symptoms. Go to doc or stay off feet?

Achilles tear?: With a calf injury as you describe, worry about exact location. Higher up on leg suggests likely muscle injury and resulting hematoma. Mid-leg or distal pain in lower third of leg may suggest muscle-tendon or Achille's tendon injury that would warrant thorough evaluation by health care provider experienced in evaluating calf injuries. ...Read more

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Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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What areMedial gastrocnemius Strain symptoms? Running yesterday, cramp inside right calf just below knee, feel pull when sleep and tender? Advice?

What areMedial  gastrocnemius   Strain symptoms?  Running yesterday, cramp inside right calf just below knee, feel pull when sleep and tender? Advice?

Pain medial calf: Sounds as very well could be medial gastroc strain. Symptoms generally self limited and should improve with time. For now recommend avoid provocative activities (running), gentle stretching as tol, anti-inflammatories, ice, etc. Would fully expect this to improve over a week or so. Unlikely to represent a tear which is extremely painful and associated with significant swelling. ...Read more

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Circular bruise with raised clear center, above ankle.Leg feels like sciatica.Out of town so is it safe to wait a week to go to dr?No other symptoms.

Circular bruise with raised clear center, above ankle.Leg feels like sciatica.Out of town so is it safe to wait a week to go to dr?No other symptoms.

Be seen: Without really being able to see it, I would recommend you be seen. Unless you clearly have an explanation for it like a minor injury or very mild burn, you are lacking a diagnosis and it could potentially be harmful. You might consider being seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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Have small round spot of small pinprick dots on my right leg for 3 days. I have no other symptoms such as fever or bruises. Does this warrant a visit?

Have small round spot of small pinprick dots on my right leg for 3 days. I have no other symptoms such as fever or bruises. Does this warrant a visit?

Need to see a pic: It is difficult to comment without seeing a pic of the lesion. Please repost your question with a photo air see your doctor for an examination ...Read more

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Post evlt 5 days. No expected symptoms. No bruising, no hard cord in my leg, problem spot still hurts. Does this mean it didn't work, or veins reopend?

Post evlt 5 days. No expected symptoms. No bruising, no hard cord in my leg, problem spot still hurts. Does this mean it didn't work, or veins reopend?

Not Necessarily: It can take up to 6 weeks to get the appropriate response following evlt. Not everyone gets bruising or a hard cord in the leg following treatment, so that is not a problem that you did not. There is less than a 5% failure treatment rate after evlt, so the odds are that the treatment did work. I would always suggest an ultrasound within 1 week after treatment ; that should give you the answer. ...Read more

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Is bruises and wounds and wounds on leg means leg bone fracture or break? What symptoms should a broken or fractured leg bone be?

Is bruises and wounds and wounds on leg means leg bone fracture or break? What symptoms should a broken or fractured leg bone be?

Have it x-rayed: Can't tell for sure without at least an x-ray or in some cases further radiographic studies. This needs to be evaluated. The wounds are also cause for concern, especially if deep or infected. Get medical attention immediately, ...Read more

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There is a bump under a bruise on my calf. What can it be?

Many things: Small collection of blood, scar tissue or fatty tissue. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a bruise (on my calf) to have a burning sensation come and go? Just wondering if I should be worried or not.

Is it normal for a bruise (on my calf) to have a burning sensation come and go? Just wondering if I should be worried or not.

Probably not: ? What caused the bruise ? But most bruises hurt the blood in there causes some discomfort on it's own this should clear up pretty rapidly hot soaks help as does wrapping it with plastic wrap at bed time to increase the blood flow and speed the clearing of the hematoma. ...Read more

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I bumped my calf really hard today, hours later the pain came back, it's bruised with a red circle in the middle. I had a pe 3yrs ago...

Calf pain: Blunt trauma to the calf area can cause a contusion or a small hematoma due to some internal bleeding from breakage of small blood vessels. With a history of pe, please consult your internal medicine or vascular physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Hi there, i woke up this morning to an odd shaped bruise on the my calf, i know I have low ferritin it's 2.1 the bruise went from medium to large?

Hi there, i woke up this morning to an odd shaped bruise on the my calf, i know I have low ferritin it's 2.1 the bruise went from medium to large?

Not likely related: Iron deficiency and bruising are not really related. A bruise can get bigger after it first occurs. Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, advil, Motrin and the like can increase the chance of bruising. ...Read more

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I got hit by a pitch in softball on my calf. I have a round perfect hollow circle, with a surrounding blue and purple bruise. It hurts when extended.

I got hit by a pitch in softball on my calf. I have a round perfect hollow circle, with a surrounding blue and purple bruise. It hurts when extended.

Bruising is typical: in this type of soft tissue injury. It is not uncommon to have sustained a fracture in the tibia or fibula after being hit with a softball. If you are concerned I would recommend getting an xray and treatment. Otherwise elevate, ice packs, anti-inflammatories, wrapping and stretching are your best options! ...Read more

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About 6 weeks ago I slipped and banged my leg on side of tub. Is it still normal for my calf to be swelled and hurt of and on? Still a little bruised?

About 6 weeks ago I slipped and banged my leg on side of tub. Is it still normal for my calf to be swelled and hurt of and on? Still a little bruised?

Swollen leg: No. You don't describe exactly when you are swollen or the specifics about the pain, but I recommend you see a doctor. Six weeks is a long time to still have symptoms. I would want to make sure you don't have a blood clot or something else serious. ...Read more

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I got a moderate bruise(injury)11 days ago on my leftshin only hurt the first 2 days i nowsuddenly notice swelling on one side my calf.is this normal?

I got a moderate bruise(injury)11 days ago on my leftshin only hurt the first 2 days i nowsuddenly notice swelling on one side my calf.is this normal?

Calf swelling: Swelling in the calf is not normal and must be evaluated. If there is associated black and blue discoloration,there could have been bleeding into the calf. Phlebitis is another possibility to be considered. Have a physician examine and advise you. ...Read more

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Fell down 9 steps yesterday, among other things have large softball sized knot and bruise on right calf. Been painful, and burning but now excrutiatng?

Fell down 9 steps yesterday, among other things have large softball sized knot and bruise on right calf. Been painful, and burning but now excrutiatng?

Calf bruise/pain: Would seek medical attention immediately in ER. The worsening pain,( do you have numbness, decrease motion?) could be an compartment syndrome where the pressure in the muscle compartment rises quickly and compresses nerves and muscles causing necrosis,. or a clot,infection. If not that could be increasing swelling/ pain from injury, requiring elevation , ice, NSAIDS. .Seek attention immediately ...Read more

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I was told that I had a deep tissue bruise in my calf about 7 years ago. It feels pretty similar to a knot, no discoloration. Is this normal?

I was told that I had a deep tissue bruise in my calf about 7 years ago.  It feels pretty similar to a knot, no discoloration. Is this normal?

Bruise: Bruises don't last 7 years, and neither do hematomas (blood collections). More likely there is a tear in the muscle which scarred. An MRI is needed to evaluate for other problems as well to image the soft tissues. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a charley horse to bruise in the calf?

Is it normal for a charley horse to bruise in the calf?

Possibly.: If the muscle tissue there tears, it can bleed under the skin, and then eventually bruise. It should clear itself up in a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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