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Swelling in the feet due to accident - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a hard bump under my skin that is slightly top of that same foot is swollen on top. It gets a little better with rest. Hurts with shoes on. It started about 5 days ago....I was also in a car accident about two weeks ago where both knees were badly bruised.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.
User :   did you get my post?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   I am reading the query
Doctor :   Where is the hard bump under the skin?
Doctor :   I still did not understand the approx location
User :   about half way up on shin bone
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   DO you mean to say that the same side foot is also swollen on the dorsum?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Where does it hurt with shoes on?
User :   across top of foot where it is swollen
Doctor :   Ok did you see the doctor after the accident?
Doctor :   are you taking some medicines right now?
User :   no...just had some bruising..knees hit under dashboard pretty meds
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   35
Doctor :   Did you take primary treatment with tetanus prophylaxis, pain medications?
User :   i don t understand
Doctor :   Actually after the accident, did you take pain killers
User :   just ibuprofen
Doctor :   Do you feel that the current hard bump and the foot swelling is because of the injury you had two wks back?
User :   don t know...would it have swollen over a week after accident?
User :   hello?
Doctor :   yesw
Doctor :   with your description I can understand that this is because of the injury you sustained
User :   could it have swollen over a week after accident?
Doctor :   The swollen foot and bump might be because of the inflmmatory reaction to the
Doctor :   possible infection
Doctor :   Even after a week of accident, they can swell
User :   infection from what?
Doctor :   from microorganisms
Doctor :   Since there is bruising
Doctor :   they can enter into the body
Doctor :   You have to take care of few things here
Doctor :   1) Rest with hot compresses
Doctor :   2) One time physical examination with any local clinic
Doctor :   to check you did not sustain a major injury
User :   are there lymph nodes on the shin bone
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   It is acutally a blood collection that appears a bump
Doctor :   or a infection of the underlying subcutaneous tissue
User :   the skin over the lump is slightly red but not warm
Doctor :   Since it is red and painful there is certainly an inflammatory reaction
Doctor :   Cold compresses to reduce the swelling
User :   could this resolve on it s own? I was using ice
Doctor :   ADVIL double strength (400mg)
Doctor :   thrice a day
Doctor :   for three days after meal
Doctor :   shall help you in relieving the pain and swelling
Doctor :   I still want you to consider a one time physical check up at a near by clinic
User :   how long may this take to improve
Doctor :   after two days
Doctor :   I am not really sure how long this takes, as your description says as severe injury to the knee
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