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Could I be having a blood clot or just ankle swelling?

Could I be having a blood clot or just ankle swelling?

Calf pain: Blood clots, known as "deep venous thrombosis " or "dvt" can occur in the calf of the leg ( one of the most common sites). Dvt's are characterized by pain , swelling and localized tenderness. Most commonly they occur after surgery, trauma , or prolonged periods of immobility ( like a long airplane flight. ...Read more

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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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Is the ankle swelling I am experiencing a blood clot or sonething else?

Is the ankle swelling I am experiencing a blood clot or sonething else?

Not likely: Isolated ankle swelling may be, among other things, a result of gout, infection, arthritis, an osteochondral defect, or an injury. Swelling from a blood clot is more classically noted in the calf. It too may result in swelling of the ankle but is not isolated to the ankle. ...Read more

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Right ankle has been hurting since yesterday. Slightly swelling. I haven't done anything to cause this. How can I tell if it is a Blood clot?

Not likely: It is not terribly likely, but if there is any concern on your part I would be seen in the emergency room where a simple test can tell if you have a blood clot. Blood clots in the leg usually cause diffuse swelling in the calf and leg below the clot; not usually swelling limited to the ankle. ...Read more

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Can a blood clot cause painful swelling to occur in BOTH legs/ankles?

Can a blood clot cause painful swelling to occur in BOTH legs/ankles?

It's possible: Usually clots are more likely to appear in one leg or the other, appearing in both legs simultaneously is less common. However, it is possible to have clots in 2 legs at once. You should contact your primary care doctor or go to your local emergency room for an ultrasound to rule out a deep vein thrombosis or "blood clot" which can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Ankle pain in right ankle started Friday.. No bruising or swelling. Pain was already subsiding by Sunday. Somebody said it could be a blood clot.

Ankle pain in right ankle started Friday.. No bruising or swelling. Pain was already subsiding by Sunday. Somebody said it could be a blood clot.

Small chance...: As you describe your symptoms, it sounds more like a strain or minor sprain in the ankle. The suspicion of a clot seems very low, but cannot be ruled out 100% without a closer evaluation. As the ankle pain subsides, it will be interesting to see if any residual bruising begins to show. ...Read more

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Could it be a possible blood clot if severe, painful swelling in BOTH legs and ankles? Or would a blood clot only cause swelling of the affected limb?

Could it be a possible blood clot if severe, painful swelling in BOTH legs and ankles? Or would a blood clot only cause swelling of the affected limb?

Blood clot maybe?: Can it be a blot clot ? The answer is almost always yes. The reason? Because we don't want to miss that in a diagnosis. A blood clot affects one limb but there is nonrulenthatbsays you can not have 2 or a clot (obstruction) in a vessel that feeds or drains both limbs. The simple answer is "yes it could be a blood clot" the only way to know is physical examination and diagnostic imaging. ...Read more

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My left leg is swollen and painful I thought it could be a blood clot but the ultra sound turned out fine now my ankle on my right leg is swelling?

My left leg is swollen and painful I thought it could be a blood clot but the ultra sound turned out fine now my ankle on my right leg is swelling?

See a doctor: Swelling of both ankles suggests a problem a problem with fluid regulation, which could point to a heart or kidney problem. Your history states you take Motrin. Taken in excess or over a long period, this can damage the kidneys. Suggest you see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of a swelling in the knee and ankle (looks like gout) area when it is cardiologist said there is definitely no blood clot(s)?

What can be the cause of a swelling in the knee and ankle (looks like gout) area when it is cardiologist said there is definitely no blood clot(s)?

sewlling: Swelling can be a number of things , but it is good it is not a clot. See your orthopod for the knee and your podiatrist for the foot/ankle and between them you will get an answer. ...Read more

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Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


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Swollen Ankles (Definition)

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among older people. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs ...Read more