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Is it normal for my feet to turn purple when I sit

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: Even though this may not be normal it is not necessarily anything to be gravely concerned about. The best way to evaluate this is to have a lower extr... Read More
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
NO: It is not normal for any part of you to turn purple. You may have venous obstruction when you sit, which causes the blood to pool in your legs, hence... Read More
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
No: This could also be due to an arterial issue. Your feet may turn purple because you are not getting enough blood flow into your feet when you sit. Ei... Read More

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Yes, this sounds-: -like Raynaud's symptoms. An internist is a good place to start.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgard Janer
Specializes in Rheumatology
Further eval needed: Raynauds syndrome is a vascular response , in which, there is constriction of blood vessel, as a response to certain stimuli, not only cold exposure,... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Timko
Podiatry 21 years experience
Raynaud's disease: Raynaud's disease is a condition that causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers, toes, the tip of your nose and your ears — to feel numb a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Few reasons: A couple worth mentioning is "dependent rubor" which happens when a person has venous insufficiency. Raynaud's can cause color changes also, .
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phananswered
General Surgery 22 years experience
Sign of PVD: May sign of arterial or venous problem. Seek your doctor advice.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Misinterpret: You misinterpret the color of your feet for "poor circulation". Poor circulation means inadequate arterial supply (blood rich in oxygen). Your feet tu... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kelvin Barry
Podiatry 17 years experience
Blockage: You may have one or several arterial blockages in the lower legs. Either in the thigh or in the legs. You should see a vascular specialist immediatel... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
Phenomena: Like this suggest slow down of your venous return, normal for some people but could be associated to connective tissue disorders. Discuss with a rheum... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Need to see doctor: There are many reasons that legs may swell including kidney disease and heart failure. You really need to see a doctor and get an exam and some blood ... Read More

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