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Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Why is my leg bruising up after severe ankle sprain?

Why is my leg bruising up after severe ankle sprain?

Blood: Blood travels and spreads around the area of injury. It can go down all the way to the toes and if you've been elevating the leg, it can track upwards as well. Nothing to worry about. It will turn several pretty colors before it's done. ...Read more

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Two weeks after torn knee cartlidge. Now swelling of leg from knee down to foot.ankle is really swollen. Can this injury cause generalized swelling?

Two weeks after torn knee cartlidge. Now swelling of leg from knee down to foot.ankle is really swollen. Can this injury cause generalized swelling?

Blood clot?: Swelling of one lower leg, especially after an injury, can be a sign of a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis). This is serious, because if you have a DVT, parts of the clot can break off and spread through your circulation to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolus, which is very dangerous! Please go to an ER now. ...Read more

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Smashed leg below knee leg hurts when bending on back of leg below knee also when bending foot? No bruising or swelling been 48 hrs

Smashed leg below knee leg hurts when bending on back of leg below knee also when bending foot? No bruising or swelling been 48 hrs

Get checked: You may have a simple bone contusion with referred pain. Could even be a hairline fracture. Sometimes trauma can lead to blood clots (DVT) as well, which could be painful in the calf area behind the lower leg (homans sign). Best to get the area evaluated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Swollen foot and hip pain after broken hip repaired?

Swollen foot and hip pain after broken hip repaired?

This is common.: This is a common finding after such a surgery. The major concern is to be on the look out for a d.V.T or clot in the leg. This would typically cause swelling of the leg and pain in the calf. The foot swells as the motion in the extremtiy is limited. The pain in the hip after the procedure is expected. Ice the hip, take your meds, and elevate your foot while at rest. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my knee injury 1 week ago with bruising knee to toes and swelling?

Is it normal for my knee injury 1 week ago with bruising knee to toes and swelling?

Extensive bleeding: This could be due to abnormally extended bleeding times, being on blood thinners such as warfarin or aspirin, or having injured more than just the knee... ...Read more

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Why does leg swell 3 months after ankle fracture?

Why does leg swell 3 months after ankle fracture?

Ankle fracture last: A long time is not uncommon, and some post-fracture degenerative changes could be causing chronic swelling - check with your podiatrist of an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after  standing. Treatment options?

Common: Injuries disrupt the flow of the lymphatics. This results in swelling. It is only temporary. Solution: Co-band wrap or Ace-wrap for ~1week and, keep using it (unless real painful) [if bruising, you may need an x-ray] ...Read more

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Why is my hand swelling after injury?

Why is my hand swelling after injury?

Swelling quite: Simply is a sign of injury and or inflammation, or infection blood or fluid accumulated in tissues due to broken blood vessels or fluid shifts from histamine release near inflammtion or due to tissue destruction from infection. ...Read more

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My twisted knee can't twist after months of injury, help?

My twisted knee can't twist after months of injury, help?

Twisting injury knee: A twisting injury to the knee can be associated with both cartilage --meniscal and/or articular cartilage injury as well as ligamentous injury (e.g. Mcl/acl/lcl/pcl); a careful examination and radiographic MRI imaging is paramount to diagnosis the injury. ...Read more

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Can't bend my knee without severe pain after soccer injury. it's been a day ?

Can't bend my knee without severe pain after soccer injury. it's been a day      ?

Go to the ER: The differential can be anything from just swelling from tendon/ligament strain to torn/ruptured ligament or cartilage. You need to be evaluated and likely imaged at an er or urgent care. ...Read more

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Swelling on leg after sutures, what's wrong?

Swelling on leg after sutures, what's wrong?

Maybe something: Swelling after injury is normal, and the legs tend to swell more than areas higher on the body. Excess swelling, especially with pain and redness, maybe a sign of trouble like an infection. When in doubt, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Right calf pain. Sore when sitting crossed leg. Had a swollen vein after pregnancy that went away 8 months ago. Could it be a vein problem? Varicose,

Yes: This could be a varicosity, a varicosity with clot and inflammation (superficial phlebitis), a DVT (which is a potentially serious problem), or not vein related. I suggest evaluation by your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Swelling in left ankle near achilles tendon. No pain or discoloration. Started after I did jumping jacks. Could it be sprained/strained?

Probably not: Sprains and strains are invariably accompanied by pain. Painless swelling can have many causes . If it is exercise induced it could be a nearby joint capsule, tendon sheath enlarging. Some people also have some small defects in the fascia (tissue that forms compartments in the leg) and muscle can push through these areas during exercise. Bottom line, if it is not painful I would not worry. Dr. R ...Read more

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Why is my foot and lower leg swollen after knee injury from a fall a week ago?

Why is my foot and lower leg swollen after knee injury from a fall a week ago?

Gravity : Typically, if there is swelling around the knee, gravity will push that fluid to the lower leg. Another possibility is that swelling from the knee joint will leak out the back of the knee through a Baker's cyst. Although unlikely, a blood clot has to be considered, especially if you've been immobilized. See a doctor very soon or call the one already treating you for more advice as soon as possible ...Read more

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Right side pain thru back, swollen leg, no injury, paracetamol not helping, pain in belly when i eat anything sweet unexplained bruising downleg.Cause?

Right side pain thru back, swollen leg, no injury, paracetamol not helping, pain in belly when i eat anything sweet unexplained bruising downleg.Cause?

See professionals...: The aggregation of your symptoms asks you to see a knowledgeable professionals timely. It's not a good idea to guess what you may suffer from. Best. ...Read more

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How is a swollen leg treated?

Check it out: A swollen leg may be anything from trauma and infection to blood clots, heart failure, lymphedema etc. Just check it out. ...Read more

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How can I help my swollen leg?

How can I help my swollen leg?

Find the cause.: There are many reasons for a swollen leg, some of them serious. This is not the forum to discuss them all. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my swollen leg go away?

Depends upon cause: Swollen legs may be simply due to prolonged standing and compression hose may help immediately. It can be due to heart or kidney disease, venous incompetence, blood clots, prior injury to the legs, and an evaluation by a physician is in order so that treatment can be started. ...Read more

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Any advice on how best to heal a swollen leg?

Any advice on how best to heal a swollen leg?

Find out why: It is important to find out why your leg is swollen first. There are man potential causes, and each has a different treatment. See your physician and get it evaluated very soon, as some are potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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What could cause a swollen leg and ankle?

What could cause a swollen leg and ankle?

A clot: That is reason enough to visit a doctor. ...Read more

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What are common causes of a swollen leg and ankle?

What are common causes of a swollen leg and ankle?

Swelling: There are so many causes i could fill the page. I will list a few and others will ad to the list. High blood pressure, injury, tendonitis, ligament tear, alcohol, diabetes, circulatory issues, arthritis, allergic reaction, blood clots etc... ...Read more

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Why does a swollen leg sometimes feel warm?

Swollen leg: This is due to increase volume in the leg either blood or lymph fluid ...Read more

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Why does my swollen leg feel warm to the touch?

Why does my swollen leg feel warm to the touch?

Increased blood flow: Swelling with warmth means increased blood flow. Please have it evaluated as to the cause. ...Read more

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How much is best to walk when you have a very swollen leg?

How much is best to walk when you have a very swollen leg?

Swollen leg: Firstly, it is important to determine the source of the swollen leg. If this is result of an infection then leg elevation would be important. If this is a more chronic condition then use of a compression stocking would be very helpful and then there would be no reason not to be walking. ...Read more

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Can a swollen leg get so swollen it starts to split the skin?

Can a swollen leg get so swollen it starts to split the skin?

Yes: This is common with venous insufficiency in which patients develop venous stasis ulcerations or "holes in the skin". The problem is the valves in the veins aren't functioning properly and blood that should return to the heart stays in the lower extremity. The build up of fluid causes the skin to breakdown and open up. ...Read more

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If a swollen leg gets too swollen, can it start to split the skin?

If a swollen leg gets too swollen, can it start to split the skin?

Blisters: Extreme swelling of the leg will usually cause "water blisters" to form, rather than actually split the skin. These amy go on to form sores or ulcerations and are difficult to heal. ...Read more

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Why is my injured swollen leg warmer than the other?

Why is my injured swollen leg warmer than the other?

Make sure that: It is not thrombophlebitis, which can lead to pulmonary embolism. You should show it to a doctor so serious conditions are excluded. ...Read more

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Swollen leg,red knees and hot?

Swollen leg,red knees and hot?

Time to see the doc: Inflamed knees strongly suggests a systemic arthritis. One red swollen knee would be more likely an infection or injury, The swollen leg would make more sense if it were both legs. Either mechanism require a doc's examination. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a swollen leg after spraining my knee?

I would make: Sure you do not have a clot in your calf, if there is swelling in the leg. This should be reported to your md immediately. ...Read more

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Can one swollen leg mean cancer?

Can one swollen leg mean cancer?

Yes but: Other things are more common than a compressive tumor or cancer leading to a blood clot, especially at 48. Get it checked. ...Read more

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What could be causing a very swollen leg (without pain, or any rash)?

What could be causing a very swollen leg (without pain, or any rash)?

DVT: Any patient with leg swelling isolated to one side should be considered to have a deep vein thrombosis until proven otherwise. A simple ultrasound test to look at the veins in the legs can make the diagnosis. Other possible etiologies for unilateral leg swelling include things like lymphedema. Please get this checked out. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor do I see for a swollen leg?

Which type of doctor do I see for a swollen leg?

Yours: Your physician is a good place to start, as he/she will know you and your risks/history. If it swells up quickly and or you at having trouble breathing, skip that and go to the er. ...Read more

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Swelling In One Leg (Definition)

"Swelling in one leg" is a situation wherein one leg is swollen and ...Read more