swollen foot , redness
About 3-4 weeks ago i had some pain , felt like a bruise to the touch, going down my right leg from my calf down to the top of my foot and it was swollen . I went to the Dr. and she said just prop it up and take some Aleve twice a day, well i did the pain went away, but then it started to swell up a little more , even on the top of my foot. So my leg and foot are still swollen, when i push on my leg it leaves a indention , and in the arch of my foot it is red sometimes it feels sore , sometimes it seems like it itches , there feels like there is something in my shoe when i wear a tennis shoe it also feels like there is hard spots where it is red and itchy. Do you know what this is ?RESPONSE
The short answer is I do not know what is wrong with your foot and leg. I do not know your age, or your overall health, your weight, what medications you may be on, etc.
But, here is what concerns me.
Anytime you have calf tenderness followed by swelling in the foot, one of the things that needs to be ruled out is a deep vein thrombosis or blood clot.
If I knew more about you it would help, but I will take the worst case scenario and tell you that you should go back to your doctor and make sure you do not have a DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
The fact that the calf felt better after elevation and Aleve is encouraging but again I am sitting on the other end of the internet and without the luxury of actually examining you, my job is difficult.
If a DVT is ruled out then the possibilities become less dangerous. The most common cause of your type of pain would be a strain of the calf muscle. Again, I wish I could question you about your activity, such as are you athletic?
In any event if you are athletic or just do a lot of walking in your daily activity then depending on how tight your achilles tendon may or may not be, along with the types of shoes you wear, plus the terrain you walk, you might just be straining the calf muscle.
I have to believe the best advice I can give you is to go back to your doctor and after she examines you, again, ask her if she thinks this pain and swelling could be the result of a blood clot.
If she thinks that is a possibility then she will send you for a test to rule out that possibility.
Do not put this off.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER