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Does the painful hard lump on the shin after an injury indicate fracture or just a bruise ?

While catching for one of the pitchers on my son’s baseball team, I got hit in my shin with the baseball. I have a bruise, which is very sore to the touch and there is a hard visible lump has been on my shin for a week. The area of the leg that got hit swelled up to the size of a baseball. Most of the swelling has gone down, but the lump is hard and sore to the touch. Also, my heel and ankle now are discolored. Could this be a fracture or just a bruise?
Asked On : Fri, 24 Jun 2011
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It could be a subcutaneous tissue damage or even a hairline fracture which can be managed. Is it painful to walk on. You need t get an X-ray to confirm. Take pain killers like Tablet Acetaminophen 500mg three times a day over food for pain relief. Visit your Orthopaedician for proper management.
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