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Doctor insights on: Bumped Shin And Leg And Ankle Swollen

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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more


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Phlebitis? Right leg and ankle swollen and red. Warm to the touch.

Phlebitis? Right leg and ankle swollen and red. Warm to the touch.

Could be, but...: You should have this looked at asap. You need to make sure this is not a developing infection. If it is not an infection, it could be any number of inflammation problems - phlebitis being one of them. Gout or another inflammatory arthritis is a possibility as well as a skin inflammation indicating some underlying systemic problem. Basic lab work can rule out a significant problem. ...Read more

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Ankle swollen, Feels fine to touch. Just aches from around my heel, ankle and up my leg alittle. No injury. Blood clot?

Ankle swollen, Feels fine to touch. Just aches from around my heel, ankle and up my leg alittle. No injury. Blood clot?

Not blood clot: Uncertain why you're having this discomfort. It possibly could be related to your level of conditioning. In order to clarify the reason for the aching you need to have an evaluation by your physician and decide what if anything else is going on. It can be due to no specific medical problems and just a part of your normal physiology ...Read more

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Cuz ankle swollen 6days. Pain w/rotating, dull pain up to low leg, tingly, purple, no injury, ice no relief. VERYoverweight. Underactive thyroid. Med Levothyroxine 75 mg. Has no doctor. Serious? Care?

Cuz ankle swollen 6days. Pain w/rotating, dull pain up to low leg, tingly, purple, no injury, ice no relief. VERYoverweight. Underactive thyroid. Med Levothyroxine 75 mg. Has no doctor. Serious? Care?

Be seen: I would definitely be seen immediately, if you can't get in somewhere go to the ER. Infection, arterial insufficiency, and a blood clot are all potentially life threatening conditions that could explain your symptoms and need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Large, swollen, hard bump on top of foot below ankle. Swelling seems to have cut off circulation to second toe. What could this be caused from?

Large, swollen, hard bump on top of foot below ankle. Swelling seems to have cut off circulation to second toe. What could this be caused from?

Ganglionic cyst: I agree that you may have a cyst.
Seek a foot specialist for the proper evaluation
you may need to have it drained and aspirated or removed. ...Read more

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I fell 2 weeks ago & badly bruised my leg above my ankle. It still hurts, is red & a bit swollen & has a slight bump. Will it heal on its own?

I fell 2 weeks ago & badly bruised my leg above my ankle. It still hurts, is red & a bit swollen & has a slight bump. Will it heal on its own?

Heat should help.: The bruise color should be about green or yellow now. That is good. The pain should be going down. That is good. At this point I would apply heat. A wet towel warmed up in a microwave would do fine. If things don't improve after the heat then seek professional advice. ...Read more

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Painful bumps on both shins. Now one swollen ankle. Had a strange rash a few weeks ago. Dr. Is at a loss. Had a blood panel done. Not abnormal. Help!

Painful bumps on both shins. Now one swollen ankle. Had a strange rash a few weeks ago. Dr. Is at a loss. Had a blood panel done. Not abnormal. Help!

Erythema nodosum????: You need to see a rheumatologist. Looka like- erythema nodosum (painful bumps), rash, arthritis involving ankle --- several infectious and non infectious diseases can do this. ...Read more

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My ankles and knee are swollen and brused. I didn't injure them. It hurts to walk. I also gave hard bumps on my shins. What could cause this?

My ankles and knee are swollen and brused. I didn't injure them. It hurts to walk. I also gave hard bumps on my shins. What could cause this?

? erythema nodosum?: Can't be certain as there are many things that can be explianed by your symtpoms. There is a condition called erythema nodosum that can occur for many reasons and is characterized by red knots on the shin. You need to see your physician to see if you have this or other conditons that could explain your symptoms. More than one thing can do this and you need an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is my shin possibly fractured? I tripped over a steel bench about three weeks ago. It was very bruised, swollen and had two bumps on my shin where it hit the metal. The brusing is fading, but my ankle still swells, and the two bumps are very painful still

Is my shin possibly fractured? I tripped over a steel bench about three weeks ago. It was very bruised, swollen and had two bumps on my shin where it hit the metal. The brusing is fading, but my ankle still swells, and the two bumps are very painful still

If: If you still have pain and residual swelling from an injury 3 weeks ago, you should see your physician and obtain an x-ray of your leg and ankle to make sure you don't have a fracture. ...Read more

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What is it if I have red swollen bumps on my leg?

What is it if I have red swollen bumps on my leg?

Numerous: There can be a number of causes so you should see your doctor so he can examine you and diagnose the lumps. ...Read more

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Swollen red and purple irritable bumps on the leg?

Swollen red and purple irritable bumps on the leg?

Rash: Review with your MD or send us a picture to help with the diagnosis. They could represent many diagnoses. All the best. ...Read more

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I hit my leg on a metal bar, now I have a sore and two swollen bumps, and it hurts but I can walk?

I hit my leg on a metal bar, now I have a sore and two swollen bumps, and it hurts but I can walk?

Cold then Warm: It seems that you have damaged some tissues that are a bit deeper under the skin as well as a surface wound. Keep the wound clean. For the first 24 hours apply cold to the swollen area. After 24 hours apply heat to hasten the removal of the trapped tissue fluid and/or blood. If the area doesn't improve over the next few days have it examined. ...Read more

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I have some severe bumps where you fold your leg. It burns an itches; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

As with...: ...Most things on the skin, a doctor needs to actually look at this to see what it is. It could be bites, or it could be an infection of the skin (something called impetigo). If it's getting worse and spreading, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Painful, swollen bump on back of leg (profile pic). Major swelling under skin. Bug bite? Spider? Tick? How should I go about treating it? Thanks!

Painful, swollen bump on back of leg (profile pic). Major swelling under skin. Bug bite? Spider? Tick? How should I go about treating it? Thanks!

See your doc: Consultants on this public site do not have access to profile uploads. To us you are a 29 yo female, period. Your description provides enough information that your issue deserves a consultation with your doc who can see the problem and review your history. Good luck. There is an affiliated site, Healthtap Prime, where an accepting physician could review your case, but that paid site differs ...Read more

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I had 3 tiny bumps form like bug bites on leg they became slightly swollen and red started to dry out and become scaly and itch bumps are in a line.

I had 3 tiny bumps form like bug bites on leg they became slightly swollen and red started to dry out and become scaly and itch bumps are in a line.

Insect Bites: Your bumps are most likely bug bites but to be sure of the diagnosis you need to be seen by a dermatologist. Treatment would be topical prescription cortisone like clobetasol. ...Read more

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I have a large swollen painful bump on my butt cheek it's in the crease of the bottom of my rear and leg I can't sit have any idea what it might be?

I have a large swollen painful bump on my butt cheek it's in the crease of the bottom of my rear and leg I can't sit have any idea what it might be?

Possible abcess: Sounds like you may have developed an abcess (a collection of pus/infection) in that area. If this is the case, you need tobee seen by a medical professional who can see if the pus needs to be drained out and possibly antibiotics. This should not get put off as these things can get very bad and the infection can spread, including into your body. ...Read more

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I have a swollen bump on the outside of myvagina next to my leg. My doctor thought it was a hive and prescribed a Steroid but its still there.

I have a swollen bump on the outside of myvagina next to my leg. My doctor thought it was a hive and prescribed a Steroid but its still there.

Cyst/abscess: Call your GYN for a recheck or obtain a second opinion. This may be a vaginal cyst or abscess, both of which may require drainage and cannot be diagnosed online. ...Read more

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Took doxycyclin for cellulitis on my leg for 21 days. I still have a little bump (bruise looking) and my leg still feels swollen and itchy. Normal?

Took doxycyclin for cellulitis on my leg for 21 days. I still have a little bump (bruise looking) and my leg still feels swollen and itchy. Normal?

1 leg or both? Fevr?: The situation is rather complex. There are many questions to be asked & we need a picture or an exam in order to understand what's going on. 21 days is an awful long time to take antibiotics. I suspect you have dermatitis (irritation of skin) rather than cellulitis (infection of skin), as the non-response to antibiotics indicates. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD about symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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My leg has a soft bump almost like it's swollen. It doesn't hurt and it's on my lower left leg. When I touch it it's soft.?

My leg has a soft bump almost like it's swollen. It doesn't hurt and it's on my lower left leg. When I touch it it's soft.?

Lump on the leg: Hello and welcome to HealthTap,

Is it mobile? Or attached to over lying skin? What about the color of the overlying skin? It may be a ganglionic cyst or vascular enlargement/ verciose vein, could also be a Lipoma (less likely).

Would you be able to share a picture?

Thank you! ...Read more

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What might I have? Three bumps appeared on leg, one leg two bled out the other swelled development has been about three weeks for all three I squeezed the swollen one and was to believe puss came out clean after and realized a hole about the size of a too

What might I have? Three bumps appeared on leg, one leg two bled out the other swelled development has been about three weeks for all three I squeezed the swollen one and was to believe puss came out clean after and realized a hole about the size of a too

It: It is unclear whether the three are physically in proximity, where on the leg they are located, what associated medical problems you may have and what the inciting cause was (e.g. Trauma?) in any case, what you may have is a furuncle, i.e. Boil. In some patients, the hair follicle get infected, sometimes called folliculitis - this may lead to a deeper and wider skin infection called furunculosis. Carbuncles are series of abscesses in the subcutaneous tissue that drain via hair follicles and are a complication of furunculosis. Frequently developing on the back of the neck, face, armpit, thighs and buttocks, furuncles and carbuncles are caused by perspiration, friction and bacteria. People who are obese, on corticosteroid therapy, or those with defective white blood cell function may be predisposed to furuncles and carbuncles. Furuncles and carbuncles may be treated with warm compresses, which promote spontaneous drainage, as well as oral and topical antibiotics. If the redness increases, particularly if a red streak appears, then you should see your physician. ...Read more

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I was out side and felt as if I got stung by a bee. When I looked at my leg their was a large bump on my varicose vein. Leg was swollen and hot.?

I was out side and felt as if I got stung by a bee. When I looked at my leg their was a large bump on my varicose vein. Leg was swollen and hot.?

Phlebitis: Superficial phlebitis is not uncommon specially if you have varicose veins, you need to have an ultrasound and if the process does not extend into the upper thigh the treatment is aspirin, antiinflammatories and compression. Once recovered you need to see a phlebologist for therapy of varicose veins to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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My sister has the Hugh bump on her leg with a medium size whole and it's swollen?

My sister has the Hugh bump on her leg with a medium size whole and it's swollen?

Need more details: Please ask your sister if there is history of trauma, accidents, falls etc. How long the bump been there. Is it painful. Is it hard or soft. Acute swelling and painful of any part of body is a cause of concern. It could be a boil, an abscess, hematoma. A cyst, a mass or a tumor. Huge bump of the whole leg needs to be evaluated asap. It could lead to very dangerous compartment syndrome. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 1 yr old has swollen bumps all own her leg, on her foot, and one on her hand. Wasn't swollen yesterday. What is this?

My 1 yr old has swollen bumps all own her leg, on her foot, and one on her hand. Wasn't swollen yesterday. What is this?

Are they hives?: Without looking at the bumps, it would be impossible to make a diagnosis. So these are my guesses. (1) hives due to some allergy, (2) insect bites such as mosquito bites, (3) scabies, (4) a virus infection, (5) HSP (though she is a bit too young), (6) itp (immune thrombocytopenic purpura). These are some potential diagnoses. If the bumps bother her, please take her to a doctor. You could send pics. ...Read more