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Doctor insights on: Dark Spots On Feet And Ankles

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Hi Drs i have dark spots under my feet, they seems to be growing slowly. my skin also sheds from the ankle down and between the toes. what could it be?

Hi Drs i have dark spots under my feet, they seems to be growing slowly. my skin also sheds from the ankle down and between the toes. what could it be?

Vascular: My initial thought is that this is due to poor circulation. You probably need a good physical to be sure that you are not diabetic and a good vascular exam of your lower extremities ...Read more

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I have a dark spot on my foot below my ankle. I thought it was an insect bite due to the itching. The itching has stopped but the dark spot has stayed?

I have a dark spot on my foot below my ankle. I thought it was an insect bite due to the itching. The itching has stopped but the dark spot has stayed?

Not uncommon: If this was from an insect bite, the allergic inflammation from it may subside after a few days but it will take time for the inflammatory aftermath to clear. ...Read more

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What causes dark discoloration spots in right foot. Was hurting and swelling. Now ok but dark spot left in inside center of foot?

What causes dark discoloration  spots in right foot.  Was hurting and swelling. Now ok but dark spot left  in inside center of foot?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you can find out what is going on. ...Read more

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After my foot surgery, i had a fiberglass cast for 3 wk. My surgery was 8 months ago. Could the cast have caused darker spots on my skin. Still there.

After my foot surgery, i had a fiberglass cast for 3 wk. My surgery was 8 months ago. Could the cast have caused darker spots on my skin. Still there.

Yes: The cast may have pressed on the skin and caused some some bleeding under the skin. If you are really concerned please consult with your family physician. There is nothing like a visual exam to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Strange spot on foot my husband had a spot appear on top of his foot the day after returning from mexico (5 days ago). Now it is darker and larger. It started as a light pink spot a little bigger than a quarter (but with assymetrical edges), and now it

Strange spot on foot my husband had a spot appear on top of his foot the day after returning from mexico (5 days ago).  Now it is darker and larger.  It started as a light pink spot a little bigger than a quarter (but with assymetrical edges), and now it

One : One condition that i often see from patients returning from mexico is berloque dermatitis which is often from lime juice and sunlight. Look it up on the internet and see if this seems possible. If the size of the area is enlarging you may need to be corncerned about an infection and see you doctor sooner. ...Read more

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I stepped on something 3 weeks ago and now theres a dark spot where my foot was hurt. What do I do to heal it?

I stepped on something 3 weeks ago and now theres a dark spot where my foot was hurt. What do I do to heal it?

Time: This is a small bruise deep below the thick deep skin layers of the foot. Eventually it will rise to the surface and slough off. ...Read more

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Random black/ dark brown spot under foot? Just appeared out of no where, can it be cancer, i'm 22 years old?

Random black/ dark brown spot under foot? Just appeared out of no where, can it be cancer, i'm 22 years old?

Have it evaluated: I would have it evaluated by a podiatrist and if they think it looks suspicious, then it can be biopsied. ...Read more

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I have a new small , completely flat dark brown spot on the sole of my foot. There is a small black dot in the middle of the spot. Should I worry ?

I have a new small , completely flat dark brown spot on the sole of my foot. There is a small black dot in the middle of the spot. Should I worry ?

Dermatologist: Since this is a new skin lesion and looks different from any other skin lesions you have, I strongly recommend that you have a dermatologist examine this spot. Melanomas can occur on the soles of your feet. ...Read more

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I had a dark brown spot under my foot and was very small and look like a callus but now I have like four more and was wondering what it can be?

I had a dark brown spot under my foot and was very small and look like a callus but now I have like four more and was wondering what it can be?

Many things: The dark brown could indicate bleeding which happens when a wound is beneath a callus or within a wart. Any pigmented lesion should be examined by a doctor ...Read more

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A black spot appeared on my left foot between big toe and next toe, is very dark and is spreading what could it be?

A black spot appeared on my left foot between big toe and next toe, is very dark and is spreading what could it be?

This needs to be : Examined. Pigmented lesions on the foot have a poor prognosis as they are often found late.....please see a podiatrist or dermatologist for exam and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Erm I am having a dark spot or a big black dot under the toe of my left foot. It is really big and almost about 1/3 of the toe. What should I do?

Erm I am having a dark spot or a big black dot under the toe of my left foot. It is really big and almost about 1/3 of the toe. What should I do?

Get it looked at by : A doctor it could be a plantar melanoma. If not treated it could be trouble. Might be nothing but a black spot on the bottom of the foot we always have a high suspicion for cancer, especially in an dark skinned individual. A similar thing was the demise of bob marley. ...Read more

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Had fire ant bites on foot and major swelling next day chair falls on my same foot. Put icepack on foot but now have dark spot that won't go away?

Had fire ant bites on foot and major swelling next day chair falls on my same foot. Put icepack on foot but now have dark spot that won't go away?

Likely just a bruise: from chair. continue icing, topical steroids and antihistamine. If worsens instead of improves, make appointment with doctor, and watch out for those chairs ...Read more

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I had a callus at the top of my foot, it was tough skin and kind of dark. Started apllying corn and callus remover, now its gone but theres a red spot?

I had a callus at the top of my foot, it was tough skin and kind of dark. Started apllying corn and callus remover, now its gone but theres a red spot?

Irritation: It is likely that the redness you see is residual irritation from the corn/callus remover. Protect the skin from the sun. Apply a moisturizer and Hydrocortisone and with some time the redness should fade. Should it persist beyond a few weeks seek the advice of a board certified dermatologist in your area. ...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 a pea sized white bump on the pad of my foot. dark spot in the center and is painful to step down on. Any ideas what and treatment?

I have a pea sized white bump on the pad of my foot. dark spot in the center and is painful to step down on. Any ideas what and treatment?

Wart or corn: Without looking at it it sounds like either a wart or a corn. Sometimes it is even hard to tell without shaving it with a scalpel. If it occurs over a bony prominence it is most likely a corn. Either way the best treatment would be to see a doctor so they can evaluate it. Since you treat each one differently, the treatment will depend on what is found. ...Read more

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Dark blue/purple spot similar to bruise on inside arch of foot. No pain when touched or in arch at all, slight pain in heel. Worked 70 hrs last week?

Dark blue/purple spot similar to bruise on inside arch of foot. No pain when touched or in arch at all, slight pain in heel. Worked 70 hrs last week?

Pressure: Could just be from the shoes or boots you are wearing and then the amount of time on your feet. Now rest those feet and if does not resolve timely. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I notice dark spot under foot finger nail 2 weeks ago & 2 months ago a dark mark on leg & some dry skin patches on all my body random area transparent?

Unusual: Unusual can't give any diagnosis or advice without seeing this .Recomend Healthtap pictures and consult or face-to-face consult with Primary care Doc ...Read more

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A dark and strange spot irregular in shape above my foot appeared for nearly a month, red soft blisters keep appearing and pooping on that dark skin?

A dark and strange spot irregular in shape above my foot appeared for nearly a month,  red soft blisters keep appearing and pooping on that dark skin?

Melanoma: Dark irregular spots that arise out of no where, you have to rule out melanoma or skin cancer. Go see a podiatrist or dermatologist have them do a biopsy of the lesion. They can also tell if it's fungus or a spider bite or eczema, an allergic reaction. Don't delay especially if the dark spot is getting more aggressive looking. ...Read more

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Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Leech Bite?: It is actually rare to be allergic or to have a reaction to a leech bite. Assuming it was a leech bite, you could have some irritation and itching, but normally should have no further problems if you have good health and no leech allergies. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as you describe, then you need to seek medical attention as it may be infected. ...Read more

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Husband 52. Good to great health has dull reddish spots around ankles going up the tib fid a little ways. Also on feet but not heavily?

Husband 52. Good to great health has dull reddish spots around ankles going up the tib fid a little ways. Also on feet but not heavily?

STASIS DERMATITIS: The reddish stippling that developes on middle-aged individuals lower legs and ankles is caused by the pigment left behind when red blood cells break. This happens more frequently when your ankles swell. Crossing your ankles is another common cause. After many years the red turns to a copper color, and the skin can become brittle. Compression stockings can help prevent or slow the progression. ...Read more

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For a while I have noticed freckle like spots on my feet and ankles, i cannot say if they are red because i'm of caribbean decent is there any answer?

For a while I have noticed freckle like spots on my feet and ankles, i cannot say if they are red because i'm of caribbean decent is there any answer?

Circulation disorder: It could be a condition we call hemosideran deposits. These can be the result of chronic venous insuffiriency. The red blood calls can leak out of the veins and get into the layers of the skin. Almost all is re-absorbed by the body, but the pigment remains behind - kind of like a tattoo. This is a very oversimplified answer. See a podiatrist or vascular surgeon for more details. ...Read more