Blood clots in the legs can be very serious, so it's important to be able to recognize symptoms and to seek immediate medical help if you suspect you may have a blood clot in your leg. Although blood clots can occur at any time, they are most common when people have been immobile for a long time, such as after a long flight or after surgeries. One of the dangers of blood clots in the legs is that they have the potential to break off and if the clot travels to the lungs or the brain, it can be life threatening. Take special notice if you have any of the following symptoms of a blood clot in the leg.
- Unexplained pain in one leg. Some people will also experience tenderness rather than pain in the leg that has a blood clot.
- Swelling. If one of your calves is unnoticeably bigger than the other, call your doctor immediately.
- Blood clots in the leg can cause warmth and/or redness in the affected leg. If you feel that you have an unexplained warm spot in your leg or the entire leg is warm or red, call your doctor or head straight to the emergency room. When it comes to blood clots in the legs, it's better to be safe than sorry.
- In some cases, one of the symptoms of a blood clot in your leg is a burning or throbbing feeling in the sole of your foot.
If you experience any of these blood clot symptoms, get medical help right away. To prevent blood clots, don't smoke and work on lowering high blood pressure. Losing weight if you're overweight and getting regular exercise can also help prevent blood clots in the legs. If you take long car rides or flights, try to get up and walk around for a few minutes at least every couple of hours.