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I got kickd in the shin very hard during my game, my shin immediately swelled now there is a large bump & the area around the bump hurts. Bone bruise?

I got kickd in the shin very hard during my game, my shin immediately swelled now there is a large bump & the area around the bump hurts. Bone bruise?

Hematoma: If you are able to weight bear without a lot of pain, probably don't fracture tibia. If pain unremitting, have an x-ray to make sure.

If no fracture, localized swelling may be from a collection of blood under the periosteum. Ice, compression may help. ...Read more

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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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 fell and hurt my ankle last Sunday. It swelled immediately. It's bruised up my leg. Now I have a tingly feeling. I feel as if it needs support.

I fell and hurt my ankle last Sunday. It swelled immediately. It's bruised up my leg. Now I have a tingly feeling. I feel as if it needs support.

Ankle sprain: Rest, ice, compression (wrap), elevation (RICE) recommended for this injury early on. If you can bear weight without too much pain = good sign. Support =good thing, an ankle stirrup brace or lace up brace can be helpful (avail at drugstore). Gentle range of motion exercises (foot up/down, side to side) helpful. Bruising very common, should fade. OTC advil/aleve. No better in 1 week, get eval. ...Read more

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I fell and hit the top of my knee on a concrete block. I scraped it and bruises are around it. It swelled up for 2 days so far. It was aching for a day and a half. It hurts when I bend my knee. I have to put my leg straight to make my knee stop hurting wh

I fell and hit the top of my knee on a concrete block. I scraped it and bruises are around it. It swelled up for 2 days so far. It was aching for a day and a half. It hurts when I bend my knee. I have to put my leg straight to make my knee stop hurting wh

Knee bruise: Could be just contusion, so ice, rest elevate try crutches, motrin /alelve (if not allergic). if still having pain in 2-3 days with difficulty walking get xray (or if you want get it sooner-today) just to rule out patella fracture. Without xray we can not tell if it is fractured. F/u with doc/urgent care.

Bruises take about a week to start feeling better, fractures need treatment ...Read more

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Got hit in the knee with a puck it swelled then later bruised its been 2 days and is getting worse hurts to walk and stairs and shooting pain down leg?

Got hit in the knee with a puck it swelled then later bruised its been 2 days and is getting worse hurts to walk and stairs and shooting pain down leg?

Might be a good: Idea to get an x-ray at this point to rule out a fracture of the patella or knee cap. See your doctor to also evaluate the knee for any kind of instability at the joint. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have had a bruise on my leg for over 9 months. It still hurts to touch and it's on my shin.

I have had a bruise on my leg for over 9 months. It still hurts to touch and it's on my shin.

Bone bruise: You may have a bone bruise, but after 9 months have a podiatrist or your doctor evaluate it ...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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I fell down the stairs and now my left shin really hurts. Its elevated with ice and a large bruise is forming. I can walk/limp. What did I do to it?

I fell down the stairs and now my left shin really hurts. Its elevated with ice and a large bruise is forming. I can walk/limp. What did I do to it?

Bad bone bruise: The shin normally has a thick layer of skin, then periosteum (thick bone cover), then bone. You gave it a hard knock, bled under the skin and got inflamed and lots pain. If u can walk, it is very unlikely u broke anything. So continue ice, elevate, switch to heat after 48 hours, mild analgesic as neede for pain. Oh, and why did u fall? Poor lighting? Don't let it happen again, you hear! ...Read more

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I got kicked in the shin in gym class a week ago and I have a small dark bruise. It doesn't hurt to walk, but the slightest tap on the leg hurts badly?

I got kicked in the shin in gym class a week ago and I have a small dark bruise. It doesn't hurt to walk, but the slightest tap on the leg hurts badly?

Deep bruise: Sounds like something the body will resolve over the next few weeks. The bruise may turn dark purple to more blue green as it is healing. Try not to re-injure the area. ...Read more

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Fell over and hurt leg. My shins a little bit bruised and quite pain full can only put a little weight on it. Is shin cracked?

Fell over and hurt leg. My shins a little bit bruised and quite pain full can only put a little weight on it. Is shin cracked?

Not likely: If it's just bruised, it will take a day or two to resolve. If you still can not bear weight after 3 to 4 days, or the leg is deformed or clicking, then see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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What if you hit your shin and it hurt but it didn't bruise. A week later though there was a hard lump on my shin. Could I have chipped my shin?

Could be: You may developed bleeding under the lining, periosteum, of the shin. Leave it alone, just observe it. If it does not grow, it will resolve though it may take a few months. If it grows, becomes red and painful, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Fell down a flight of stairs over 5 months ago and a rather large bruise on my shin will not go away, and is still hurts to apply pressure to why?

Fell down a flight of stairs over 5 months ago and a rather large bruise on my shin will not go away, and is still hurts to apply pressure to why?

Periosteitis: The shin is unusual in that it is a bone which is extremely close to the overlying skin, not padded by muscle or fat. Direct injury to the shin may produce inflammation of the outer lining of the bone called the periosteum. Less frequently, this could represent a stress fracture or hematoma. Rarely, an underlying tumor may be brought to light by a trivial injury in the same area ...Read more

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7 y.O. Has faint bruise on shin with firm lump beneath (hurts when pressed). If he hit it that hard, should bruise be more obvious? Cause for concern?

7 y.O. Has faint bruise on shin with firm lump beneath (hurts when pressed). If he hit it that hard, should bruise be more obvious? Cause for concern?

Bone Bruise: There is really not much protection of the shin from a direct blow. Since there is not much muscle coverage you won't see brusing as you would in the calf area. Watch the area for a few days and if it does not go down then have him see your pediatrician. Most bruises resolve. ...Read more

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I have had a bad bruise on my shin for just over a week now. There is still swelling and discoloured skin, every time I put weight on that leg it hurt?

I have had a bad bruise on my shin for just over a week now. There is still swelling and discoloured skin, every time I put weight on that leg it hurt?

BAD SHIN BRUISE: KEEP THAT AFFECTED LEG ELEVATED AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.
IT WILL PROBABLY HURT FOR A FEW MORE DAYS, BUT AS LONG AS YOU KEEP IT RESTED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, IT WILL HEAL MUCH FASTER.
DID YOU PCP SEE IT?
BEST LUCK TO YOU.
AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. ...Read more

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Have a bruise on my shin that itches and burns and making my leg hurt. Can't remember doing anything.

Have a bruise on my shin that itches and burns and making my leg hurt. Can't remember doing anything.

Shins are sensitive: Shins do not have a lot of padding there so it is easy to get a small bump and end up with a bruise. If it does not heal up notmally as a bruise should in a week to 10 days then see a doctor. ...Read more

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One spot on shin hurts like bruise with +4 pitting edema but no redness etc. Did not hit it. What is it? Have picture if needed.

One spot on shin hurts like bruise with +4 pitting edema but no redness etc. Did not hit it. What is it? Have picture if needed.

+4 pitting edema?: Who determined that it was "+4 pitting edema? " if it is simply localized to one small area of the shin then, a medical examination is warranted. ...Read more

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24 hours ago, I was running and slid, smacking my low-mid shin extremely hard. It's still moderately swollen, extremely tender, hurts to walk, bruised

24 hours ago, I was running and slid, smacking my low-mid shin extremely hard. It's still moderately swollen, extremely tender, hurts to walk, bruised

Hard hit!: Sounds like you hit pretty hard! A bad contusion can hurt just as much as a fractured bone. The fact that you are able to walk indicates that you probably didn't break your tibia. Ice, elevate, and rest. Plus the Ibuprofen you mentioned will help keep the excess swelling down a bit. If you are still having pain or feel that it is getting worse rather than better. Please seek help and an xray. ...Read more

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5 days ago I realized my foot felt numb then my shins started to hurt when I moved, the pain connected to my knee. Just today I noticed a bruise.

5 days ago I realized my foot felt numb then my shins started to hurt when I moved, the pain connected to my knee. Just today I noticed a bruise.

Be seen: I would consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis and to ensure the problem does not get worse. There are multiple potential causes including an irritation of a nerve in your back to even a hematoma in the anterior compartment of your leg. An exam and appropriate studies will likely yield an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my shin and it is turning yellow but still has 2 lumps and hurts to the touch. Is it possible to be a blood clot?

I have a bruise on my shin and it is turning yellow but still has 2 lumps and hurts to the touch. Is it possible to be a blood clot?

No: The bumps you are feeling are most likely the bruise resolving. When you have significant bruising in the skin, you do have some bleeding and the bloood will clot, just like it does for a cut. In the skin, it becomes tender and sore. This will resolve with time. It is not the type of clot that will travel. If you have pain in the calf or feel short of breath, go to the ER. ...Read more

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I hit my shin hard resulted in a small gash and huge bruise. Day 7 hurts only if touched (pain 10+ for 3 mins), still small lump, skin numb, walk fine.

I hit my shin hard resulted in a small gash and huge bruise. Day 7 hurts only if touched (pain 10+ for 3 mins), still small lump, skin numb, walk fine.

Keep it up: Sounds like a hematoma and a heeling cut. Rest, ice, compress, elevate. If it hurts that bad you may want to post pictures or see a doctor to determine if it is infected or needs X rays. ...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

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A 5 y/o kicked me hart in the shin. It is not bruised but hurts to walk on it or if anything touches it. Could it be a fracture or something really ba?

A 5 y/o kicked me hart in the shin. It is not bruised but hurts to walk on it or if anything touches it. Could it be a fracture or something really ba?

Nothing Bad!!!: If a 5 year old fractured your leg after one kick then sign him up for the NFL or WWF, or you for a DEXA Scan (to check your bone density).But, I'll tellya, a bone bruise can really hurt & the shin bone is pretty exposed (not much underlying skin or fat).Ever had shin splints? Ouch!! Technically, pain on walking indicates the possibility of fracture but I'd seriously doubt it without a visible bruise ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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