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Tender and inflamed spot on leg, ankle swelling, painful to touch, hard to walk. Blood clot?

I have had a tender, inflamed spot on lower right leg, above the ankle on the front of the calf . At first I thought it was a sprain , but the ankle moves freely without pain. The swelling varies throughout the day, sometimes the swelling envelopes the ankle area also. I have had this around 5 weeks. It is hard to walk, the area is painful to touch. I saw my internist family doctor yesterday and he was puzzled. I am scheduled for a venous ultrasound next wednesday but wonder about blood clot involvement, could this be a possibility? I cannot identify any injury when this may have occurred.
Asked On : Mon, 12 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
According to your description , pain and swelling over your ankle seems to be inflammatory in nature. It could be due to an acute attack of gout or blood clot.

I advice you to give you rest to the part affected, take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin 1 tablet with food as and when required (upto 4 tablets daily) to reduce pain and inflammation and consult your doctor for thorough examination of ankle and rule out any infective cause.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Thu, 3 Jul 2014
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