Anatomy/Injury Question-- have you ever hurt your leg but your ankle bruised?

Last week at practice another skater fell on my leg. Not her whole body from what I can remember, just her elbow came down really hard on the outside of my calf about halfway between my knee and my ankle.

It hurt, but it wasn't excruciating and I was able to keep practicing. Later that night it was definitely sore to touch and even now a week later is sore to touch in that spot. It hurts a little bit when I walk, kind of like a sore muscle hurt. I figured I did bruise a muscle.

HOWEVER, my ankle is black and blue and at night is swollen. My ankle doesn't hurt, my leg hurts. Last night I went back to practice and now the INSIDE of my foot (at the instep) is black and blue, too!

Anyway, I had a doc appt. earlier this week and I did show her my black and blue foot and she explained it to her but we weren't there to talk about that so she said, "Yeah, there's a channel there from the calf that goes down to the foot."

I'm just wondering if anyone can explain this "channel" and why my ankle would be black and blue if I hurt my leg.


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yes, i tore a muscle just below my knee and the blood drained down to my ankle.

it took a while for it to go away, too.
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I have problems in that channel also.

It's like idk but they're connected.

Google posterior shin splints (posterior! not regular or anterior)(I know thats not what you have because someone hit you) but is that where the pain is?? because that area goes all the way down to your foot.
I have that from running. Sometimes I think its from my ankle that the pain goes up my leg. Don't know.
Interesting! I just googled it. So I got hit on the outside of my calf not the inside. But I'm glad to see this has happened to other people because I'm like: da fuq???


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I'm trying to decide whether to go to the doctor or not. I mean, I seriously doubt there's much that can be done for a bruised muscle. Although I was a little surprised to see the bruise now spreading to the inside of my foot after skating last night.


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When I sprained my back I figure I landed on my sacrum from 6-7 feet up. And didn't bruise on my back. However, bruises showed up below basically anywhere there was a gap between muscles, with the most on the outside of the thigh where hip flexors (I think) tie in, and down around my knees a bit. I had no idea that could happen, either, until it happened to me!
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I'm trying to decide whether to go to the doctor or not. I mean, I seriously doubt there's much that can be done for a bruised muscle. Although I was a little surprised to see the bruise now spreading to the inside of my foot after skating last night.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
i didn't bother to go, and i had distinctly heard the muscle rip when i did it.

the recipe is the same as for a sprain - Rest Ice Compression Elevation.

i've been using arnica gel on the bruise i got on my arm last week and i think it's helping. i keep it in the fridge and massage it in twice a day while watching tv.
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Springcurl, sorry to hear about your injury.

What you have described is curious-- I haven't seen anything exactly like that-- but I suppose it makes sense.

The body is not a collection of segregated compartments... it's all connected. When it comes to your arms and legs, think about a box of spaghetti-- stuff is pressed in fairly tightly, but if you poured water in the box, it would still make it's way down to the bottom. That's essentially what happened when you injured your leg. Your muscle was injured and blood leaked out of the muscles and vessels (hence the bruise, which is just blood present under the skin) but in your case there was enough blood that gravity took control, which is why your ankle and foot appear bruised. That's all there is to it-- gravity. Bruising in the instep of the foot is usually as far as it goes. There is no specific "channel" from your legs to your feet, it's just that everything is connected. It will take your lymph system a while to collect all the rogue blood cells and other inflammatory by-products so expect to look bruised for a while. It especially takes a long time in the legs because the body has to fight against gravity. As another poster recommended, elevation is a good thing.

Unless you are having pain or weakness that is disproportionate to the situation, or other symptoms that you find distressing, I think that a visit to the doctor isn't especially necessary and that the bruising will just take a while to clear out.

Feel free to PM me with other questions... I hope you see some improvements soon!
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Springcurl, sorry to hear about your injury.

What you have described is curious-- I haven't seen anything exactly like that-- but I suppose it makes sense.

The body is not a collection of segregated compartments... it's all connected. When it comes to your arms and legs, think about a box of spaghetti-- stuff is pressed in fairly tightly, but if you poured water in the box, it would still make it's way down to the bottom. That's essentially what happened when you injured your leg. Your muscle was injured and blood leaked out of the muscles and vessels (hence the bruise, which is just blood present under the skin) but in your case there was enough blood that gravity took control, which is why your ankle and foot appear bruised. That's all there is to it-- gravity. Bruising in the instep of the foot is usually as far as it goes. There is no specific "channel" from your legs to your feet, it's just that everything is connected. It will take your lymph system a while to collect all the rogue blood cells and other inflammatory by-products so expect to look bruised for a while. It especially takes a long time in the legs because the body has to fight against gravity. As another poster recommended, elevation is a good thing.

Unless you are having pain or weakness that is disproportionate to the situation, or other symptoms that you find distressing, I think that a visit to the doctor isn't especially necessary and that the bruising will just take a while to clear out.

Feel free to PM me with other questions... I hope you see some improvements soon!
Originally Posted by lauraloo
thanks so much for your answer! I'm going to stop worrying too much. It does burn which feels to me like the tendinitis I have in my hand, but it's worse walking than skating so that's.... good? hehe I need to start icing it for sure, though.


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