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Swelling on shin (just below the knees) with pain behind the shin. Is it something to do with my UC?

Swelling on shin (just below the knees) with pain behind the shin. Is it something to do with my UC?

Not likely.: It's unlikely that your symptoms are related to UC. Just below your knee is a bony bump called the "tibial tuberosity." This is where the tendon of one of the four parts of your quadriceps muscle attaches to the tibia or leg bone. Overworking the quads muscle can cause inflammation right there. Acetaminophen, ice and limiting walking, running & stairclimbing for a few days should help. ...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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Can I still have Osgood Schlatter's Disease without swelling or a bump between your knee and shin?

Can I still have Osgood Schlatter's Disease without swelling or a bump between your knee and shin?

Osgood Schlatter's: You are too old for Osgoods Schlatter's disease. This injury occurs at the apophysis on the tibia tubercle. The patellar tendon attaches there, so you most likely have patellar tendinitis, aka jumper's knee. Icing, stretching of the quadriceps, knee sleeves, and reducing impact landing for a while can allow it to calm down. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

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3yr old has had frequent leg pain in one leg shin knee area, at night for the past 2yrs..no swelling or limping, fine during day.

3yr old has had frequent leg pain in one leg  shin knee area, at night for the past 2yrs..no swelling or limping, fine during day.

Since 1 yrs old?: So this is happening since 1 yr of age? And he verbalized at that age what was hurting? Very verbal kid. I am happy to hear no limping. What about fever, weight loss? Growing pains usually at night but both extremities. ...Read more

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Had a fall with moped. Blood clot in knee and shin with swelling and pain. What should I do. Dr. far away in the city. Anything serious. Reply soon...

Had a fall with moped. Blood clot in knee and shin with swelling and pain. What should I do. Dr. far away in the city. Anything serious. Reply soon...

Concerned: You state that you have a blood clot in your knee and shin. How did you come to this conclusion? If you are correct, your concern should be at the blood clot either gets bigger or breaks off. It could move into the lung and cause difficulty breathing or worse. Have you been coughing up any blood? Are you having any difficulty breathing? Please get this examined by a doctor, simple ultrasound and bloodwork can determine the proper treatment ...Read more

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Pain on and off in left calf and knee and behind knee. Bruise next to shin and little swelling. Could pain b from that? Scared of it being a bloodclot

Pain on and off in left calf and knee and behind knee. Bruise next to shin and little swelling. Could pain b from that? Scared of it being a bloodclot

Pain in knee/calf: Did you have an injury? Could be from brusie, sprain if exercising or bakers cyst but would follow up today with doctor/urgent care make sure you do not have a clot in your calf ( especially if you smoke or are on BCP) as that is serious . Check d-dimer or get a sonongram. ...Read more

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Son hit his shin on a metal bar, 6"below knee. Leg has small swelling in this area, only tingles when it is touched no pain elsewhere. Should i be concerned and have xray?

Son hit his shin on a metal bar, 6"below knee.  Leg has small swelling in this area, only tingles when it is touched no pain elsewhere. Should i be concerned and have xray?

Shin Contusion: If your son can bear weight on his leg, then it is not broken and does not need an xray. Unfortunately, that area is slow to heal, will cause pain when he walks for some time, and may have a persistent lump there. ...Read more

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What causes swelling along anterior shin closest to the knee? It hurt so I rubbed it, now swelling doesnt go away. Also leg/calf feels tight. Causes?

What causes swelling along anterior shin closest to the knee? It hurt so I rubbed it, now swelling doesnt go away. Also leg/calf feels tight. Causes?

? Infection : And you want to see doctor for assessment and possible need for antibiotics and other medicines, meanwhile, use pain killers, and warm compresses, good luck ...Read more

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Diagnosed with dislocated knee, was immobilized now PT. Having sharp pain below the knee almost in shin, some swelling, knee cap very loose. Worried?

Diagnosed with dislocated knee, was immobilized now PT.  Having sharp pain below the knee almost in shin, some swelling, knee cap very loose. Worried?

Varies: If when you say you dislocated your knee, you mean you dislocated your knee cap (patella), then it is often associated with a tear in the medial retinaculum. It can often heal on its own or with physical therapy. Rarely, surgery is needed. ...Read more

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I had a injury to my knee and shin bone from a fall and now I have swelling all the way down to my feet and the inner side of my foot is turning blue?

SEE A DOCOTER: you had a significant injury since you have swelling and bleeding that cause the discoloration .it is in your foot because of gravity my advise see a doctor same time apply ice on the injured area that might slow down the bleeding and the bruises good luck ...Read more

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Double knee repl. 2010 for no reson left shin knee swelling lots of pain left shin x ray show nothing wrong at gp knee dr another town retired. Any id?

See orthopedist: I would recommend you see an orthopedist for further evaluation. There could be infection of the knee replacement, or loosening, or the pain could be unrelated to the knee replacement. ...Read more

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I fell 3days ago on gravel on my knee.Minimal swelling sore to touch below knee.Now have dull pain And pain shooting down leg/foot. Shin/foot tingle

I fell 3days ago on gravel on my knee.Minimal swelling sore to touch below knee.Now have dull pain And pain shooting down leg/foot. Shin/foot tingle

Nerve inolvement: The bruising and swelling may have impinged on a nerve in the front of your leg such as the superficial fibular nerve. If the symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, please seek evaluation and further guidance. ...Read more

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Knee pain after running, below knee cap and at the top of shin bone. Feels very sore and hurts, no swelling. Have iced and rest. What could it be ?

Knee pain after running, below knee cap and at the top of shin bone. Feels very sore and hurts, no swelling. Have iced and rest. What could it be ?

Patellar tendinitis: You appear to be describing a classic case of patellar tendinitis. A common overuse type injury tht is almost always amenable to nonoperative treatment. Static quadriceps stretching usually helps resolve this complaint. Nsaids such as motrin, naproxen, or advil (ibuprofen) can also help. If no improvement after several weeks arrange for an evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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Please explain what a puss packet under the patela is have swelling in left leg. Knee and leg two sizes bigger than right. Have pain in the knee and shin bone. Hurts to lift leg and bend leg. Also hurts to stand on leg. Doctor ordered xray and is sending

Please explain what a puss packet under the patela is have swelling in left leg. Knee and leg two sizes bigger than right. Have pain in the knee and shin bone. Hurts to lift leg and bend leg. Also hurts to stand on leg. Doctor ordered xray and is sending

Pus : Pus is the thick, goopy material in an infection. It is composed of dead inflammatory cells, called neutrophils, and bacteria. The question is whether you have an infection in your joint, which can be serious and probably needs surgical drainage rather quickly or whether there is another cause of your symptoms. One possibility is a blood clot, which can also be very serious and needs immediate treatment. I hope you are getting care immediately and not waiting for an appointment. The patella is another name for the knee cap. The fact that you had surgery before makes infection a real concern. If you have any hardware, it can get covered with bacteria in a layer called biofilm that is resistant to antibiotics. If you have progressive redness or streaks of red going toward your groin, go to an emergency room rather than waiting. Some infections progress rapidly and can make you deathly ill. ...Read more