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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: ProfLiebstrom on August 01, 2006, 01:55:56 AM

Title: Oh dear, im back and with another problem.
Post by: ProfLiebstrom on August 01, 2006, 01:55:56 AM
So what have I done this time then!

This time I at least actually know what happenned to my knee though so it should be a little easier.

Last saturday evening I was playing baseball, I slid to get someone out, they slid to try and stay in. Ended with a foot going in to the lateral side of my left knee. Crawled and limped off. Few minutes later, burning feeling in my knee. Put on shorts to be presented with a huge bump and swelling. Swelling hadn't changed for 4 hours, so I had a first aider look at it and they sent me straight off to A&E.

Get to A&E, in a nutshell, they failed so very much. They X-rayed it, said it wasn't broken. Sent me home.

Woke up this morning to find my shin is now hurting and my foot had swollen up too and i had a huge faint bruise developing about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide and my foot keeps feeling like its going to cramp. So my girlfriend forced me to go to the GP. He checked the ligaments and said it probably was just a bad sprain and if it wasn't changing by next week to come back.

Tonight the shin pain is constant, the pain on the lump is still there, my foot has swollen, ive been getting random tingling, the bruise is now about 2inches wide and 13 (yes thirteen) inches long down the front of my shin, but is still faint (but getting darker) apart from a small bit on my knee where it was hit that is dark and easily visible, the leg is also paler and is slightly gray compared to my other leg. Al though this isnt easily seen because i have pale skin anyway.

Also unable to straighten my leg since it happenned and ive had clicks that have been audible over 4 meters away while outside. I can walk on it but it is painful when I do.

So, what the hell have I done and what should I do next?
Title: Re: Oh dear, im back and with another problem.
Post by: Linds on August 01, 2006, 02:23:55 AM
Hey PRof, sorry that you got hurrt.. AGAIN.. sigh,, you gotta stop doing that. ;) If I were you like the doc said take it easy for a week, using the whole RICE thing. Rest Ice Compression and Elevation and see what comes of it.  IF there is no improvement go back to the doctor.  AT this point that is pretty mcuh all you can do.

Goodluck ,hang in therer

Linds
Title: Re: Oh dear, im back and with another problem.
Post by: Ronxski on August 01, 2006, 02:29:53 AM
Hi Prof, sorry you are back to us after such a long layoff. First off, did they have you ice it and put a wrap on to keep the swelling down? Are you doing the good old RICE ?  do you have a good pulse going to the foot?

Did they say anything about a possible clot forming?  Don't want to alarm you , just that you mentioned the gray skin and that large bump.
A guy on my softball team took a ball to his shin and he had one the size of a baseball just above the sockline. we packed him in ice right away and sent him to the ER, They called it a hematoma and had him stay off it for a couple days and ice it. It took quite a while for it to feel better . But icing it decreased the swelling a lot.

sorry I have no sage advice but just wanted to go with the most basics to see if they did that first. Keep us informed , Ron
Title: Re: Oh dear, im back and with another problem.
Post by: ProfLiebstrom on August 01, 2006, 02:31:47 AM
yeh been doing good ol' RICE. The first aider did that.....the hospital didn't, they litrally just did 2 x-rays.

And how do you check pulse to foot?
Title: Re: Oh dear, im back and with another problem.
Post by: Ronxski on August 01, 2006, 05:53:57 AM
Sorry, I can't explain how to do the pulse check. I just remember my OS doing that after surgery a couple times. It was up on top of the foot near the bend to the ankle I think. Maybe someone here will see this and tell you how.
If you have good veins on the surface you will have a better chance of taking it.
Title: Re: Oh dear, im back and with another problem.
Post by: emphatic on August 01, 2006, 06:58:58 PM
If the skin on your foot is warm and pink, you have good bloodflow to your foot. No need to worry about it unless the foot is constantly cold and the color is dusky blue -- then you should get to emergency services (A&E, I believe you call it).

If the foot is swollen, but still warm and pink, you're fine... just swollen.

Meg