Re: Shin Bruises gone down to foot, swelling for over a week
heat at this point would be good,possibly alternating with ice packs too if the swelling is still apparent.one big thing you need to remeber with any typically large bruise pretty much anywhere on your body,is that after a day or two,espescially if this is in a lower extremity,gravity tends to pull down the bruising so it can "appear" that it is actually spreading for some medical reason,but its just the pooled blood being pulled down from the gravitaional pull.i too have had this happen with two particularly large bruises.being on NSAIDs would also make this a bit more pronounced since the blood is just a bit thinner.i do think at this point that keeping with the NSAIDS would probably be the best way to keep things from becomming worse from inflammation.if your stomach will still tolerate them.i have found naproxen(aleeve,or the store brand generic naproxen,works pretty good too) is much less hard on my stomach and you only have to really take it like once in the morning and then later on in the day like before bed?
i would think that if things have not really improved for you in about one more week,go back to the ortho for further evaluation of this injury.but try and keep it elevated as much as possible.the more this lower leg is 'downward" the more swelling that will take place.just try and keep it up anytime you are sitting down.hope all goes well for you.please keep me posted on how you are doing,K? **
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