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What could have happened in the knee which turned blue after a fall?

I fell thru an attic floor on 12/6,my L knee turned blue instantly. The bruising traveled from knee to ankle. Alot of pain and swelling. A week or so later, I had a blood pool in the bottom of my foot. I was advised may be a blood clot, went to ER. Had labs,doppler and xrays. All negative. The swelling is still very painful. There is a large area on the R side of the knee that, I was told today by an ortho. Dr. that it is a hemotoma, that could take several weeks or even months to begin to heal. This happened 12/6 but the knee pain is worsing. Dr. said to just suck it up, even though it is painful and limits the bending of my knee. I don t know what to think of this, I have never seen this Dr. before. So I am not too familiar with his demenor yet, but I felt like he just blew me off. And of course was told needed to go back in 2 weeks. (Why if I am gonna have this up to several months?)
Fri, 31 Jan 2020
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Hello,

It is a contusion or hematoma, which is nothing but a collection of blood underneath the skin.

Nothing much to worry as it will settle by itself with time. You can apply warm compression for faster recovery.

If symptoms persist you can go for an MRI scan to look for any tendon or ligament injury as well as to know the extent of the hematoma.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Shinas Hussain, General & Family Physician
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What could have happened in the knee which turned blue after a fall?

Hello, It is a contusion or hematoma, which is nothing but a collection of blood underneath the skin. Nothing much to worry as it will settle by itself with time. You can apply warm compression for faster recovery. If symptoms persist you can go for an MRI scan to look for any tendon or ligament injury as well as to know the extent of the hematoma. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Shinas Hussain, General & Family Physician