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Old 11-04-2010, 11:49
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On the sole of my left foot I've always been able to see a random vein under there under the skin, which was raised very slightly. I have no idea what I did to cause this, however that area is incredibly tender meaning it's pretty hard to walk or place pressure on that foot. It's been like that for almost 3 weeks now.

It does seem particular to where that vein can be seen, pressing hard against it really hurts and even brushing it against something kills. It almost feels like I've badly bruised it.

I did go to a walk in centre but after a massive long wait, the person who had a look at it was pretty clueless. She thought it may be random inflammation, though I didn't do anything to cause it from memory. She also mentioned Plantar Fascitis, however I really don't think it's that. Most people experience heel pain from that and the symptoms just seem to be different. The pain is localised to a 1cm spot on the sole where you can see the vein under the foot, so clearly something's going on there. Pressing against it there are no lumps or anything, just pain beneath the skin.

I was told to take ibuprofen for a few weeks in case it was inflamed, however it's not doing much. It did seem to be getting better but as of yesterday it's painful again and went back to how it was. Has anyone any idea what it might be or have you had something similar?
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:59
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I am only making a suggestion as I wouldnt dare diagnose without seeing , but you can get phlebitis in an isolated vein , you may have banged it or simply walked on it strangely .


http://www.emedicinehealth.com/phlebitis/article_em.htm
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:10
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Thanks, I hadn't read about that before. After reading that link, I'm guessing that if a blood clot was present there I'd probably know about by now, 3 weeks later?
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:24
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Sounds like you should see your GP to me! I've never heard of a raised vein on the sole of a foot before and it must be really painful. But anything that changes like this needs to be looked into before it develops into something worse.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:26
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Thanks, I hadn't read about that before. After reading that link, I'm guessing that if a blood clot was present there I'd probably know about by now, 3 weeks later?

Phlebitis is an inflammation only , Thrombophlebitis is with a clot . Its common to have phlebitis and doenst mean you have a thrombosis .
I couldnt say from here but keep a good eye on it , if its hot or red oo very painful , if the leg , thigh or area above it gets red or hot get it checked out .
A great anti inflammatory is arnica cream ,Try it on the vein .
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:33
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Thanks for your advice. I understand Phlebitis is only inflammation, I only read about Thromboplebitis from that link. I had a look if blood clots in the feet can actually happen and read this:

"Blood clots in the feet can cause redness or swelling of the feet, in addition to numbness of the affected foot. A throbbing pain in the foot that does not go away with rest may also be a sign of a blood clot that has formed in the foot. If you experience a sharp, shooting pain when you flex your foot, this may also be a sign of a blood clot. There may also be a widening of the veins at the surface of the foot."

I definitely have a throbbing pain, and no amount of rest does anything. I spent most of yesterday with my foot up and have avoided the gym for about 2 weeks. Flexing my foot does cause more pain and there is widening of the veins (as in a bulging vein) on the foot but not on the surface (if they mean above the foot) but on the sole. The bulge there can be quite hard from time to time, maybe that's just when ive been sitting down without my legs up as more blood will be in the vein.

Just the fact that it's still painful 3 weeks later alarms me a bit. It just seems very odd to have a vein on the sole of your foot pop up and the pain literally has got no better. I don't want to risk having an undiagnosed blood clot there, which could potentially be dangerous thanks to the incompetence of the person who saw me. To be honest though the whole foot itself isn't swollen nor is the leg or thigh....

I'm thinking of going to a walk in centre today as I have some signs of a blood clot, am I just being paranoid? Will they take me seriously?
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:56
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Why don't you go to your GP tomorrow? It sounds like you need a proper diagnosis.
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Old 11-04-2010, 13:03
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I'm thinking of going to a walk in centre today as I have some signs of a blood clot, am I just being paranoid? Will they take me seriously?
I am sure they will take you seriously. If it was a clot, and you have had it for 3 weeks now, I really think you would know for sure. I had a clot at the back of my left knee some years back and it was the most excruciating pain I have ever encountered (and I have encountered a lot of pain in my life).
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Old 11-04-2010, 16:28
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Ok well I went to the out of hours GP centre after making an appointment. Well it seems there's definitely no blood clot. Also, it seems the "nurse" that saw me at the proper walk in centre (after a 2 hour wait) was just about as clueless as a 10 year old. The guy I saw today said that some kind of trauma has caused it, that it's not actually a swollen vein at all, just other swelling and fluid under the sole of the foot. That's why it's painful. He has prescribed anti-biotics and painkillers, to hopefully take the swelling away. Otherwise he said I might need someone to very slightly cut into it to release the pus and other lovely things that have built up!

Even a quick google shows Plantar Fascitis is clearly not what I have, also the doctor today told me that there simply just aren't veins that close to the sole of the foot, they're much deeper. It looks like a vein as it's kind of bluey/green but it's not apparently. Surely the nurse would have the knowledge that veins aren't that close to the skin on the sole of your foot. Even I thought it was odd, as I've never seen obvious veins on the sole of anyones foot!

So it seems that's the answer then. Hopefully it will go away in 5 days or so with this treatment as I don't particularly fancy it being cut into...
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Old 11-04-2010, 17:29
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Thats good news , Glad you got it sorted and it treatable .
It so hard on a forum to be able to say what it is , but at least the doc was a help .
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Old 11-04-2010, 17:41
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Yes it is good news but I am annoyed at the total incompetence of the person I saw at the walk in centre the other day. I don't know if she was a nurse, health adviser or what she was but she clearly wasn't well qualified. The first thing she should have realised is it wasn't a raised vein seeing as I am told veins are not that close to the sole of the foot! Also saying it was potentially plantar fascitis was like diagnosing arthritis from a painful lump on your wrist.
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