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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Purple Spots On Toes

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What would cause 2 purple spots on both big toes, in the same area? I thought maybe shoes but I have been wearing sandals.

What would cause 2 purple spots on both big toes, in the same area? I thought maybe shoes but I have been wearing sandals.

The symmetry of it: suggests you are doing something to both feet, perhaps where you are putting your feet, under desk, sure sounds like bruises from something external. If more appear see your doctor ...Read more

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I have a purple spot on the bottom of my right foot. I have had it for years with no pain, should this be a cause for concern?

I have a purple spot on the bottom of my right foot. I have had it for years with no pain, should this be a cause for concern?

Have a doctor see it: When you are at your next doctor visit ask your doctor to tell you what it is. You need a diagnosis to know if it is anything that needs treatment. ...Read more

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I saw purple spots on the back of my toes and blue color between my toes as well.

I saw purple spots on the back of my toes and blue color between my toes as well.

See the podiatrist: If you are a runner, this could be be bruising from the toes hitting inside your shoes if you are a smoker, this could be localized blockage to the vessels in the feet that can become serious if you are noticing a coolness and the toes aren't blanching, this could mean loss of circulation and gangrene. Get checked by the podiatrist. ...Read more

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Sometimes my feet randomly turn a purple/black color with purple spots near my ankles and it's hard to move my toes. ?

Sometimes my feet randomly turn a purple/black color with purple spots near my ankles and it's hard to move my toes. ?

Specific picture.: Somethings just can't be evaluated without actually seeing the issue at hand. I fear that this is one of them. Randomly occurring skin discolorations are sometimes impossible to explain, let along come up with a treatment plan. I suggest you take a picture of the event and upload it so a visual appreciation can be made. I feel certain that a Healthtap specialist can then help you. ...Read more

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The tops of my feet are turning yellow and my toes are turning bright pink with spots of purple. Should i get medical attention now?

The tops of my feet are turning yellow and my toes are turning bright pink with spots of purple. Should i get medical attention now?

Foot Discoloration: I have never seen this pattern before as a practicing podiatrist, so i would definitely recommend you so a podiatrist or dermatologist to start. If the feet are very hot or very cold, i would ask for an emergency visit. If not, while you wait for the appt, try a topical anti-fungal like Lamisil (terbinafine) cream to see if it has any effect. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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I have two blue or purple spots on two of my toes on my left foot. noticed after wearing tight boots. Been present for months now. starts in big toe.

I have two blue or purple spots on two of my toes on my left foot. noticed after wearing tight boots. Been present for months now. starts in big toe.

Toe Pressure Spots: You probably just have pressure irritation from your tight boots. Consider changing to slightly longer or one with a deeper toe box. Dr Rich Blake Have the shoe store give their advice. ...Read more

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Sore, purple bruised big toe to the bottom/side. Now white spots appeared in the centre. Really painful & can't walk properly. Do exercise regularly. ?

Down under the toe.: It sounds as though you've managed to injure the toe. Bruising is a sign of underlying tissue damage and steps should be taken to minimize further damage. Exercising should be eliminated until the effects of the injury are under control. Ice compression, elevation and rest are the mainstays of treatment. To remove all doubt, have the toe x-rayed and examined to assess the degree of injury. ...Read more

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1 sesame seed size purple spot on toe.2 flat pink dime sized spots on butt, dull testicle ache, had bump on roof for 1 day.Protected sex 4wk ago. Hiv?

1 sesame seed size purple spot on toe.2 flat pink dime sized spots on butt, dull testicle ache, had bump on roof for 1 day.Protected sex 4wk ago. Hiv?

Most likely Not HIV: You might have another std (not enough information for conclusive answer was given). 4 wks is not sufficient time for these types of symptoms to show for HIV - at this stage HIV would be more "flu-like" in nature + you used protection. Still if you are concerned see health clinic or regular md for testing. ...Read more

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My son 15 years old has a two dark brown-purple spot under his big toe?

My son 15 years old has a two dark brown-purple spot under his big toe?

Spots: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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I have a purple spot onmy big toe. It itched badly the first day but hasn't since. It is not painful. I'm also diabetic.

I have a purple spot onmy big toe. It itched badly the first day but hasn't since. It is not painful.  I'm also diabetic.

Diabetic: I tell all my diabetic patients no matter how minor you may think it is always get it checked because its possible to lead to something much more serious. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a purple/black spot on the tip of your pinky toe?

What does it mean when you have a purple/black spot on the tip of your pinky toe?

See below: It could just be a hematoma from a bruise or it could be more serious such as an melanoma. See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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I stubbed my toe a week and a half ago, it bruised(pinkish red) . But now its a dark purple color. Not my entire toe, just the spot i hit. What should I do?

Normal healing: How is the pain? Purple color means not much. It is a normal healing process. As long as there is an improvement in the pain level then you are fine. If it is increasing you need to see your doctor, podiatrist for x-rays and further evaluation. ...Read more

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What could a small black and purple spot just above my pinky toe nail be? It appeared about 2 months ago and is not raised on the skin.

See a podiatrist: There are many things a black to purple spot can be. It could be a bruise, blood blister, a mole, or some other skin lesion. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist or dermatologist. Either should be able to examine and make a determination as to whether the lesion should be biopsied, removed, or left alone.Ole. ...Read more

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Hi my partners big toenails have turn a dark purple colour and he also has a dark spot on one side of his fourth toe on the left foot. ?

Multiple causes: Many medical conditions can cause changes in the nail beds from minor repeated trauma causing "bruising" to dangerous cancerous melanomas. History of trauma, pain and signs of vascular disease should be evaluated. As you suggest the 4th toe has a dark spot, not on the nail, trauma and vascular can be considered, although if the spot on the toe is a "birthmark", photograph and observe. ...Read more

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I have this spot on my toe. I thought it was a mosquitto bc it itched bad w no color. Now its dark red almost purple. Not a blister. Above nail bed.

I have this spot on my toe. I thought it was a mosquitto bc it itched bad w no color. Now its dark red almost purple. Not a blister. Above nail bed.

Does your dog bite ?: It still could be a bite of some sort. You are seeing a localized inflammatory reaction to a foreign protein possibly being introduced to your toe. There is dilation of the blood vessels and possible sub-dermal bleeding. Warm compresses may speed the resolution of the condition. If there is no improvement soon then it would be best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail I have ingrown toenails on both of my big toes since 2009. They aren't that bad right now. I have a little purple spot where the cut is and it isn't curled. My toes don't hurt when i walk or run they just hurt when i stub my toe or someone

Ingrown toenail I have ingrown toenails on both of my big toes since 2009. They aren't that bad right now. I have a little purple spot where the cut is and it isn't curled. My toes don't hurt when i walk or run they just hurt when i stub my toe or someone

Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics. ...Read more

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