What Do Leg Blood Clots Feel Like?

You can often feel the effects of a blood clot in the leg.

Early symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include swelling and tightness in the leg.

You may have a persistent, throbbing cramp-like feeling in the leg.

As the blood clot worsens, the skin around it often becomes red or discolored and feels warm to the touch.

How do you know if you have a blood clot in your leg or not?

Your symptoms will depend on the size of the clot. That’s why you might not have any symptoms, or you might only have minor calf swelling without a lot of pain. If the clot is large, your entire leg could become swollen with extensive pain. It’s not common to have blood clots in both legs or arms at the same time.

Can you feel a blood clot move up your leg?

With a blood clot, your leg may also feel warm as the clot worsens. You may even notice a slight reddish or bluish hue to your skin. You shouldn’t worry about a clot if the leg pain is made worse with exercise but relieved by rest.

How do you treat a blood clot in the leg at home?

To ease the pain and swelling of a DVT, you can try the following at home:

  • Wear graduated compression stockings. These specially fitted stockings are tight at the feet and become gradually looser up on the leg, creating gentle pressure that keeps blood from pooling and clotting.
  • Elevate the affected leg.
  • Take walks.

Can you feel blood clots?

Symptoms are different depending on where the blood clot is located. If the clot is in your arms or legs, you may experience pain (that feels like an intense cramp), swelling, and tenderness. Your skin may be red and warm to the touch where the clot is located.