Re: Unusual Haematoma
"Almost immediately, a 'band' of bruising appeared starting at the lateral mall, moving up the soleus and then up the ITB to the hip. The bruising is tender and about 5mm wide."
Are you saying that it progressed "up" against gravity?
Most likely a vein that was ruptured during the "soft tissue massage" - blood running along the fascia plane.
Why 5 mm wide? I can only guess she has a small facia compartment encasing a neurovascular bundle.
Fellow American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons
Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgery, ABPS
Adjunct Professor OCPM
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA