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Have a red lump on shin after a fall. What could it be?

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Posted on Mon, 2 Dec 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: my 95 yr old father fell on a metal trash can, injuring his shin. He has a lump on his shin and it is red all the way down to his foot. He does not have a fever and it does not hurt if he does not stand on it too long. There is a small cut on the lump, but it is healing and it is not draining.
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Brief Answer: Seems to be soft tissue injury Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us From description it seems to be soft tissue injury. Lump on shin might be due to haematoma formation (collection of blood). I would order X-ray to rule out bony injury. Please consider X-ray if it hasn't been done yet. He need to avoid massaging the area and take a mild pain killer for relief. Do a cold compress on the area of injury. The pain and swelling might take over a week to subside. In case there is an acute pain and a sudden increase in swelling then consult physician for a direct examination to rule out any infection in the area. Hope this helps you. If you have any further queries I am happy to answer, if no kindly close the query. Wishing him speedy recovery... Regards.
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