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nephew has alcohol problem. showed me bottoms (soles) of feet 3/4 of sole of feet were black. could alcohol abuse cause this and, if so, how serious?

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Dr. Paul Pyles
Addiction Medicine 33 years experience
See a doctor : This does not sound good. He may have a problem with his circulation. He should see a doctor for an evaluation.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Hyperpigmentation: Chronic liver disease (often from chronicalcohol abuse) can cause darkened skin - legs, face and other sites may be affected. The liver is vital - it's not good when diseased. Encourage him to get treatment and take it seriously - he might turn it around - or he might die younger than we'd like.

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What causes severe pain in the sole of your foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Usually : Plantar fascitiis, this is the road banded ligament that helps support the arch. Try applying ice and wearing an over the counter arch support. Before getting out of bed in the morning massage the heel.
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What could cause me to have no reflex reactions in the soles of my feet, ankles or calves?

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Dr. Eric Lullove
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Loss : Loss of automatic reflexes are usually associated with spinal cord injuries and/or severe peripheral nerve fiber loss. The fact that you have no reflex reactions is puzzlesome, and you might actually have them and not know it.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

Everytime I stand up I have pain and burning in my left foot that starts at my 3rd toe all the way to my ankle. What can that be?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Nerve related: Sound like a nerve related condition: ie: neuroma, neuritis.
Dr. Ronald Galyon
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Morton's neuroma, versus other neuropathic condition. Fracture not likely.
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A female asked:

My daughter is 14. She has double session tryouts for soccer. That equals 4 1/2 hours of soccer a day. She has horrible blisters on her feet. Her second toe has a blister under her tonail. Her tonail is off colored now. What should we do. She has two more

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Dr. Brandon Macy
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Blisters under: Toenails are quite common in sports participants. If you're able to drain it, apply a topical antibiotic and wrap it in a band aid, that's about the best you can do short term. You might want to check on the size of the soccer boots. If too small, they can be making things worse. Also, i hope the coach/trainer has them wearing running shoes for the pure running workouts.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
She might try wearing two pair of socks on each foot and see if that helps. This was something I was taught back in high school by my coach and it worked for me. ( to prevent the blisters, not treat them.)
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A 44-year-old male asked:

My right ankle is a little pain after running for 30 minutes. Should I stop running for a while?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Maybe...: We suggest rest, ice, elevation, compression and NSAID of choice. You don't necessarily have to stop, but you may need to back off some. If it worsens, you may have to stop and get it checked out.

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