Bruised Shin From Dropping Table

by stacy
(new york)

I was having a party and had tables (seat 8-10) delivered to my house. The guy was supposed to set them up but just stacked them on top of each other.

I decided to set them up myself.

There were 6 tables. I took the first one off with help from my kids. The second one I tried to take off myself. It was extremely heavy and fell grazing my leg from knee to my foot.

The pain was like nothing I ever felt before.

I tried to ice it but it was too painful. I went by ambulance to the hospital-X-ray was normal. I was told to elevate it and I would feel better in 48 hours. This was almost 5 weeks ago!

It was terribly swollen and discolored. It seemed like it was starting to heal- but then the side of my foot turned purple also. That also went away.

Now I am left with swelling in the center of my shin and a knotty feeling going up to my knee (my knee is fine).

It often hurts and stings-especially at night.

I am concerened because I really do not see improvement day by day. Is it normal for swelling to last this long? What can I do? I am anemic and bruise easy which I know doesn't help.

Thanks for your time.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Stacy.

"I would feel better in 48 hours." That was mighty optimistic of them....

So, some questions.

1. When the table hit your shin, did it just impact the whole thing, or did it drag/slide down the length of your lower leg?

Is all the black and blue gone?

3. Is there now redness or discoloration with the swelling?

4. Is the swelling hard, like there's pressure from the inside?

5. Say more about 'I tried to ice it but it was too painful.'. Do you mean, it hurt so bad you gave up on ice and went to the ER?

6. Say more about 'knotty feeling going up to my knee'. Do you mean there is a knot all up your shin? Swellling? What does that mean, exactly?

I wouldn't worry about the part where the side of your foot went purple. That's just blood falling down with gravity.

Yes, it's normal for the shins to act like this. I don't know if it's good or bad, but it's certainly not great and it's better to deal with it quickly to help it get back to normal.

Answer the above questions, and we'll do that.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

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Oct 09, 2009
PART 2 - Response - Bruised Shin From Dropping Table
by: Stacy

Thank you-I feel like there might be hope.
I will try to answer your questions :)

1. I beleive it grazed my leg but hit hardest in the middle of my shin.
2. Most of the black and blue is gone.
3. There is redness and discoloration with the swelling. It gets very red after I take a shower.
4. Yes, the swelling is hard.
5. It hurt so much when it happened-I treid to put ice but it hurt to much to touch it. I waited 30 minutes and the pain did not subsde so I called for help. I wouldn't let them touch it either!
6. The knotty feeling goes up from the main bruise up to my knee. I can feel swelling. I can see the swelling when I look at my leg from the side.
I still stings and throbs off and on -it is really hampering me from daily activities (4 kids!)
Thank you again.


Joshua Comments:

Oh, there's hope. No worries.

You definitely don't have Tendonitis (well, I mean, but I'm addressing the impact injury).

See: What Is Tendonitis?

But you do have Anterior Compartment Syndrome, or something close enough to call it that.

Basically, you have bruising and swelling that is literally trapped in the connective tissue sheaths.

There is the slight danger of Deep Vein Thrombosis, meaning a blood clot in there. It may be worth a trip the the doc, ER, or walk in clinic to get an ultrasound test to rule out DVT.

It's worth it for us to get your leg right to minimize the chance of Myositis Ossificans.

Read those pages and get back to me, we'll go from there.

Mar 09, 2015
I was hit with a bat (hard) in my calf, and now my shin is hot, red, and painful.
by: Dawn

A week ago Tuesday (today is Thur), I was hit with a baseball bat in a freak thing (it bounced off an elevated home plate and smashed me in my lower calf).

I had an instant charley horse that has gotten a little better everyday. However, this past Tuesday, I thought my shin was bruised. I had noticed that my foot had become a little swollen, and I assumed it was blood running down to my feet.

I thought the same about my shin, but yesterday I touched it and it was really sensitive to the touch and really quite hot. It is the lower half of my shin.

On Tues night and Wed night my ankle was quite swollen and this morning and yesterday, after sleeping all night, the swelling is quite reduced,

It is red, shiny, hot and painful to the touch, with a slight rash, and about 3 inches long and about an inch wide. There are no open sores on my legs at all. I flew yesterday to a different city, so I am somewhat reluctant to seek medical care.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Dawn.

You probably don't have to worry about Anterior Compartment Syndrome (see the link in this thread) , but you certainly have a bone bruise.

Meaning, bruised bone, bruised connective tissue that shrink wraps the bone, swelling (not visible because there's not really any room to expand), and a Process of Inflammation that traps fluid in the area (swelling and heat) and releases chemicals that increase your pain levels.

There's really nothing 'medical care' is going to do for you, because there's nothing in their tool box to deal with it other than Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen.

Personally, I'd ice dip like CRAZY for several days. And gently/firmly slide your hand up from ankle to knee/thigh to help squish the excess fluid up and out. That will make recovery A LOT faster.

How To Reduce Inflammation

Having just read your message, again, it hit you in the CALF, or it hit you in the inner SHIN BONE?

If the later, everything still applies except no bone bruise and add in bruising of the muscle.

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