Pain when standing on tiptoes indicates a blood clot in the lower leg: surgeon

According to Professor Mark Whiteley, an American venous surgeon, there is a simple test to suspect the presence of a blood clot in the lower leg. To do this, you need to stand on your tiptoes.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious danger when clots formed in the veins break off and enter the bloodstream. This may result in a life-threatening condition requiring immediate medical attention.

Deep vein thrombosis is the process of blood clotting in a deep vein of a limb (usually the lower leg or thigh) or pelvis. DVT is the primary cause of pulmonary embolism.

When blood clots travel to the deep veins, they cause inflammation and blockage of blood flow, the professor explained. It is important to understand where exactly deep vein thrombosis forms. If a clot forms in the lower leg, a tiptoe test can help identify it.

Whiteley recommends standing on your toes and walking around. The classic symptom of a blood clot in the lower leg is pain in the calf.

— The discomfort may be sudden, but will likely progress over a few hours or throughout the day. Other telltale signs of blood clots in the lower leg may include swelling and discoloration of the skin. The leg may acquire a bluish tint, the doctor noted in an interview with Express.

A detached blood clot can cause instant death. Blood clots can appear due to a sedentary lifestyle, bad habits, and chronic diseases.

Possible causes of thrombosis:

  • age over 40 years;
  • obesity;
  • bed rest;
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  • physical inactivity;
  • long travel in a sedentary position;
  • smoking;
  • taking hormonal drugs;
  • use of certain medications , for example, Diazepam, Amiodarone, Vancomycin;
  • pregnancy.

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