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Prairie Path Foot & Ankle Clinic

Q
I have pain on the outside of my foot but I don't remember injuring it. What could it be?

A

Unknown leg pain and swelling without injury can be worrisome for any physician.  After a physical examination, our physicians or your primary care doctor may send you for a Doppler exam to rule out a DVT, or deep vein thrombosis.  DVT's are not taken lightly as they are blood clots that could potentially travel to the lungs.  The Doppler test is performed in a hospital setting and results are discussed immediately.  If a DVT is diagnosed, inpatient action may be needed for proper medication and monitoring.  If no DVT is present, you will return to your regular podiatrist for additional examination and imaging.

Erin K.