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Our blood carries out a multitude of functions, the most important being to carry oxygen throughout our body via a molecule called hemoglobin. But, it also transports nutrients, regulates body temperature, and when injured, protects the body from bleeding too much--this is called clotting. Even though clotting is a protective function of blood it can also cause problems; sometimes fatal.

American Idol star, Michael Johns twisted his ankle which is a form of trauma that possibly caused his blood vessels to rupture. As previously stated, when the body becomes injured the blood’s job is to wall off or clot so the body won’t lose large amounts of blood. However, if the clot isn’t broken down efficiently it will remain in the blood vessel, increasing the chance for an embolus--a broken piece of clot that travels in the blood stream. There are many risk factors involved for developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) including recent trauma or surgery, pregnancy, and being sedentary--to name a few.

Clots can arise anywhere in the body, but are most commonly found in the large veins of the lower extremity. Most people are unaware of the signs and symptoms so if you have any doubts your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle located in Monroe and Edison, NJ, along with your primary care physician, can provide the proper diagnostic and therapeutic treatments to help make sure a clot doesn’t turn into anything worse.

By Nrupa Shah

 

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