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My husband has experiened swelling of his right ankle . The

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My husband has experiened swelling of his right ankle . The skin looks taut , red and he is finding it difficult to weight bear. He appears concerned but refuses to seek medical help. The ankle began to swell on holiday ( After physical exercise .....dancing) but we arrived home on 15th April and the situation has become worse, not better. He insists this is fine, but provides no explanation for the situation ( despite being a podiatrist). He could be absolutely right but his foot is still taut (stretched) and inflamed. He is quiet and refuses to talk about the situation. He is finding it difficult to weight bear but continues, nonetheless. Imam concerned about a clot that may have formed but rationalise the symptoms as a consequence of dancing on holiday ( possible strain). However his general demeanour has changed and suggests he is worried. He refuses to elevate the leg ( but has applied , under duress) a cold compress for approx 35 mins 3 days ago.
I think he is worried. He is taking blood pressure tablets (how significant this is.....I am unsure.....but his blood pressure was 'really high' when he began this medication approximately 12 months ago.
I am concerned, but he is , I think, pretending he is not.
I rang the NHS line earlier this evening, but he refused to consent to me speaking to them ( after 25 years of being together)
I am including as much information I have, to try to understand.
Any advice would be very much appreciated
Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.
Hello
Yes, it could be a blood clot.
Arthritis might do this as well.
Infection of the skin tissues might do this.
All are serious.
A blood clot can propagate and cause the loss of the food if an artery, or a clot to the lung if it is in a vein.
My advice is that you call emergency services to come look at him...he will then have to refuse transport to them, and that might be more difficult.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the information.
I do appreciate that without seeing a patient ( and even then...without an indepth,,medical history) that the situation is impossible to diagnose with any accuracy.
However, given the information I have disclosed which, understandably, is minimal and subjective, are you able to make comment in terms of the injury being a sprain or a strain?
I am not an 'person lacking
In educacation, am familiar with first aid and would really apreciate your honest reply
Thank uou
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.
A severe sprain might cause this, but it would be gradually improving.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am still concerned. This is the first time ( despite dancing) during the holiday períod, (3 nights out of 2 weeks)trauma to he foot has occured (/ appeared evident)
My husband NEVER complans about painful,symptoms, and, his reluctance to recognise the pain , despite my daughters and my own concern was particularly obvi ous this evening
His reluctance to allow me to speak to the NHS on his behalf, could be comprehended as acknowledgement of my ignorance ( No problem) or, denial
I apreciats this response has taken time but would appreciate your response
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.
Response to what question exactly.
Perhaps I can help us focus here?
Are you asking if this is serious? Yes.
Should he go on the way he is going? No.
Is he in denial, quite so.
Should you go along with this? No.
Again the possibilities:
Blood clot.
Deep tissue infection.
Arthritis.
Sprain? There would be a history of trauma.
Hairline fracture.
Autoimmune disease
Gout...less likely.
Let me know if you have further questions.
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