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Left leg hurts from ankle to below knee cap, reddish blotches on the painful areas. Any home treatment ?

hello, i got hit by a car today will on my bike, the car hit me on my left side. my left leg really hurts from ankle to 2 inches below my knee cap, the skin has reddish blotches on the painful areas, i can stand, but once i start making long strides when walking, it hurts alot more. do i just have a deep bruised area or muscle? or is it something more serious? and what is the best treatment at home?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description, You could have suffered a soft tissue contusion.

This is not a serious condition and is self limiting. It will resolve spontaneously within 1-2 weeks.

Please follow the RICE regime -
* Rest to the injured part and avoid any movement the produces pain
* Ice packing once in 2 hours over the injured area
* Elastic compression bandage around the swollen area
* Elevation of the injured limb to lessen the swelling
* Analgesic antiinflammatory medicines as needed

If your symptoms are not improving with the above measures, consult your family physician.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Mon, 26 Aug 2013
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