Blood clots can be a major complication after surgery and can also affect people who have a genetic propensity for them. Although predicting if a blood clot has occurred is not an absolute science, you and your caregivers can learn to identify symptoms of blood clots, which signal that you should seek immediate medical attention. Follow these steps to help spot blood clots in your feet and the surrounding areas.
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Watch for swelling in the groin, leg or foot area that does not subside when your feet are elevated. This is a common sign of blood clots.
Be aware of pain and soreness in the leg and foot area. This may point to a potential blood clot.
Inspect your legs and feet for bruising and discolouration. Blood clots can appear under the skin as a pooling of blood.
Feel both legs and feet for areas that appear hotter than the rest of the body. This may be a symptom of a blood clot.
Tips and warnings
- If a clot does occur, you may need to be admitted to a health-care facility where you will be given blood thinners intravenously.
- Do not rub or massage the legs or feet if you suspect a blood clot. This pressure can cause the clot to break off and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, a dangerous lung condition.
- If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a blood clot, seek medical attention immediately.
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