A hematoma is a collection of blood outside the blood vessels, usually due to bleeding caused by trauma, which looks like a discolored lump under the skin. A hematoma can form outside or within a muscle.

Symptoms of a Hematoma

The most common symptom is pain. Some hematomas form into welt-like formations that are hard to the touch and very painful. Others may be soft and mildly uncomfortable. Another symptom may be a migrating lump as the Hematoma can move as the body tries to dissolve it.

Treatment of a Hematoma

Mild hematomas (contusions) are treated by applying ice to the area a few times a day and by elevating the extremity. If the area is still painful after 48 hours, apply gentle heat pads for 20 minutes at a time. If the area continues to grow or becomes more painful, or if there is a fever over 101 degrees, call your podiatrist immediately.