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I fell down an escalator 4 weeks ago & had cuts & bruising on my shins. It looks 95% healed but my shins really hurt to touch. Should i worry?

I  fell down an escalator 4 weeks ago & had cuts & bruising on my shins. It looks 95% healed but my shins really hurt to touch. Should i worry?

Periosteum?: There is very little protective fat over the shin. The bone has a film called periosteum which is quite sensitive. This may be why you still have pain. However, when in doubt obtain medical evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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Just ran my first 1/2 marathon. I have bruising on both shins just below knee. They don't hurt - should I be worried or is this pretty normal?

Just ran my first 1/2 marathon. I have bruising on both shins just below knee. They don't hurt - should I be worried or is this pretty normal?

Worry a little: Bruising without pain could mean a vascular issue or impact stress from running. It is indicative of bleeding and inflammation in muscle or in skin just over the tibia bone (shin). There may be related stress fractures. Should see a sports medicine specialist or vascular specialist ...Read more

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Just noticed a big lump and bruising on my shin. Looks like something wrong with my vein. What is it? Im scared

Just noticed a big lump and bruising on my shin. Looks like something wrong with my vein. What is it? Im scared

Hard to tell: Without more information. Could be a bruise, a growth or a vein. How long has this been present? Was there an associated injury? If this fails to resolve, have examined by a physician. ...Read more

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Over the last 2 weeks I've had unexplained a lot of bruising on my shins to my knee. I run and referee soccer for sport. What's causing this.

Get it checked: Unexplained bruising needs to be checked to find the cause.You may have low platlet count due to some reason which may need to be investigated further if it is low See your doctor asap ...Read more

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A fall 2 days ago left large deep scrape and a lot of shin bruising. Why after I rest and Stand the pain is unbearable? ER said no bones broke.

A fall 2 days ago left large deep scrape and a lot of shin bruising. Why after I rest and Stand the pain is unbearable? ER said no bones broke.

Re-evaluate: A fracture can be missed on initial X-rays and follow up imaging may be required. An open wound can lead a deeper infection. So if you have persistent pain and difficulty beating weight, re-evaluation is mandatory, ...Read more

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I have a large (~1.5" dia) hematoma toward the top of my shin, bruising has gone away - very little pain. It's impinging on my Tibialis Anterior, which feels slightly weaker, is there reason for concern?

I have a large (~1.5" dia) hematoma toward the top of my shin, bruising has gone away - very little pain. It's impinging on my Tibialis Anterior, which feels slightly weaker, is there reason for concern?

Bruise: You should apply warm compress to the area to help the absorption of the bruise. Once the bruise reduces in size then you will know if the nerve impingement will also resolve. You should have it evaluated with an orthopedist to make sure that there are no other causes of the impingement. ...Read more

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Lower left leg pain. Sharp but doesn't hinder anything. No known bruising. Just above shin but it isn't on the bone so not shin splints I think?

Lower left leg pain. Sharp but doesn't hinder anything. No known bruising. Just above shin but it isn't on the bone so not shin splints I think?

Could be Shin splint: Shin splints are not necessarily on the bone. What happens is that the muscle belly gets pulled from the bone, but the pain can be palpated on the muscle itself. Have to know why, what activity were you doing, etc. Rest, ice area and see if pain goes away. If not, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs 2 days ago on shin. Bruising, lump & tingling in my foot. Ice & elevating.When should I see a dr? I'm concered about tingling. Thanks

Fell down stairs 2 days ago on shin. Bruising, lump & tingling in my foot. Ice & elevating.When should I see a dr? I'm concered about tingling. Thanks

Fell down stairs: Tingling is usually a sign of nerve irritation , happens often with injuries, especially when the foot swells up and there is pressure on the adjacent nerves or damage from the injury. Absolutely , see a podiatrist or an orthopedist asap , get examined for any potential fracture, tear of the tendon/ligament , the sooner you decrease swelling and immobilize your foot, the faster you will heal. ...Read more

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3yr old always has shin/knee bruising (a few at a time) and sometimes a small one on lower back. Is this "normal" bruising?

Depends: A 3 year old is usually very active and always bruising their legs based on activity level. However, if bruising is occurring frequently and on places that you would not expect, please have child evaluated by a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more