Swollen Area Above The Hock in Health and Medical discussion Posted November 17, 2018 · Edited November 17, 2018 by forevergrey Tracy you are correct. Thankfully my vet said the same thing--soft tissue injury. The vet had me walk Jasper up and down the hallway a few times to see if he was limping but he wasn't. Vet took x-rays, send them off to a radiologist who responded back within 2 hours (yay for digital x-rays!). Here is what the radiologist report says, (i can't figure out how to load photos so I just copy & paste the body of the report). The good news too is that Jasper is not limping at all and dare I say... the swelling seems to have gone down a bit. I am so relieved that my boy is OK. I feel like I can breathe again. HISTORY: limping since yesterday, moderate swollen on the left tarsus, the owner is concerned about a osteosarcoma. PELVIS AND LEFT HIND LIMB 15 November 2018: 8 images were available for review, lateral, craniocaudal and oblique projections. FINDINGS: No evidence of chronic degenerative change is seen in either hip, the left stifle or the left tarsus. No abnormal soft tissue opacity is appreciated in the left stifle. A small amount of soft tissue swelling is suspected surrounding the distal tarsus and metatarsal bones, but no underlying bony abnormalities are appreciated. No tarsocrural effusion is seen. No aggressive bony abnormalities are seen in this study. CONCLUSIONS: No bony abnormalities are appreciated in this study. The soft tissue swelling visible surrounding the distal left tarsus and metatarsal bones may be the result of soft tissue trauma, but no underlying bony changes are seen. No aggressive bony changes are noted in this study. RECOMMENDATIONS: Consider a 10-14 day course of NSAID therapy and restricted exercise. If the clinical signs persist despite medical management, consultation with an orthopedic specialist is suggested for further evaluation and additional diagnostic and therapeutic suggestions.