I’ve ran into a bench and banged my leg pretty hard is it going to be all right if its swelled out in a large bump?
If the impact had contact with the bone there is always a chance for a fracture or a break. It’s probable that if it’s a fracture, crack in the bone as with a hairline fracture, it will be easier to walk on and get around then with a full-blown break. If at the time of the impact you heard a crack you might have snapped a bone. If you didn’t hear a crack it’s more probable that nothing is broken but the aftermath of the hit can look pretty scary.
A hit on the leg especially on top of the bone can make a knot swell outward brutally because it is on top of the bone where there is less fat. In a cushion area on the leg the fat will absorb some of the impact and the knot may feel like a fatty knot meaning that it moves around when mashed or pushed by the hand or fingers. It can feel like a smaller knot surrounded by the fat of the leg.
A large bump on top of the leg where there is less fat that hits on the bone spot doesn’t mean you have anything broken. You can at this time apply an ice pack but you don’t have to. At first impact the bump will swell and then start to retreat without an ice pack once its hit its swellpoint, which is the point that the bump has swelled to its limit. The ice pack may help with the swelling and could take all the swelling out but the bump should go down on its own.
A bump on the leg is like a bump on the head. It’s better for a bump to swell out then in. As long as the bump swells out it releases pressure and as it diverts the pressure outward it thwarts and minimizes damage. It’s when the bump presses inward that is usually when damage occurs.
If you find yourself with a bump on the leg try to stay off your leg as long as possible right after the initial impact to minimize swelling. Walking around on your leg after the initial impact may increase swelling. The time to put an ice pack on the bump is after the initial impact during the time you are staying off your leg.
If the bump continues to worsen with no reduction in swelling consult your doctor something serious may be going on.