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I went to the podiatrist a week ago, and he put me in a

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Hi.
I went to the podiatrist a week ago, and he put me in a walking boot. I've been doing my best to level out my shoes so that one isn't higher than the other, causing further problems.
I crashed into the corner of a bed with my left knee in July. To my knowledge, I didn't do any damage except bruise it badly and get a cut.
The last two days, my left leg (without the boot) has been constantly hurting - even at rest. I'm a bit on the paranoid side because that is the same leg in which I had a DVT in March. It is about 1.5 inches bigger than the right leg at the fattest part of my calf. Is this related to the boot, DVT, or knee injury?
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Dr. Brims :

I'm sorry to hear about this

Dr. Brims :

Why were you placed in a walking boot?

Customer:

I had really bad pain for months on the top of my right foot. I was in a shoe, but it wasn't helping at all. He was going to put a pad on my foot for me to walk on, but that hurt really bad, too. He said I have a tight Achilles' tendon...and that he wants to see how the pain does being stable in a walking boot for 2 weeks.

Dr. Brims :

How long have you had the leg swelling?

Customer:

I noticed it today when I got home from work. It just started hurting yesterday.

Dr. Brims :

How bad is the pain on a scale of 1-10?

Customer:

It can be an 8, right now it's a 4. I'm resting.

Dr. Brims :

I see, this may be another DVT, since you have had one in the past it cannot be ruled out (unless you are on warfarin or another blood thinner)

Customer:

I'm on Xarelto

Dr. Brims :

Then the chances of a DVT are decreased, it may be due to the boot or injury

Customer:

How can I figure out which one?

Dr. Brims :

If the pain worsens or stays the same over the next 48 hours then it may require an examination to rule out an injury

Dr. Brims :

You can stop wearing the boot for a few days, and if the pain improves then it may be due to the boot

Customer:

Could I have injured my knee when I ran into the bed frame?

Dr. Brims :

yes, you could have, but the knee should be swollen, not the calf

Customer:

it radiates into the thigh at times

Dr. Brims :

That part may be related to the knee injury

Dr. Brims :

Are you there?

Dr. Brims :

Hello?

Customer:

Sorry

Customer:

Yes. I am.

Dr. Brims :

Is there anything else you would like to ask on this topic?

Customer:

I don't think so. What should I do?

Dr. Brims :

You mean to end the chat session?

Customer:

No. About my pain.

Dr. Brims :

Keeping the leg elevated and using anti-inflammatory drugs like motrin are the best options for treating contusions that cause pain and swelling

Customer:

Okay.

Dr. Brims :

It seems there is a time lapse after my replies

Dr. Brims :

If you have no other questions on this topic, you may click a rating button to end the chat session

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