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My foot is a kind of purple on my heel but it only hurts when touched any ideas what is wrong?

My foot is a kind of purple on my heel but it only hurts when touched any ideas what is wrong?

Consider these: Maybe a bruise with underlying bone spur. Arteriosclerosis of vessels leading to legs can shower portions of a plaque to any part of the foot, and this is often seen in several areas as purple spots which do not blanch when pressed. Best have it examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches, yes he had water retention about 2 yrs. No its not going up the leg like cellulitis. Any idea?

My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches, yes he had water retention about 2 yrs. No its not going up the leg like cellulitis. Any idea?

Clotting?: It sounds as if your partner needs appropriate compression garments to reduce edema and swelling but this is best for venous stasis and not necessarily for arterial insufficency. I would be concerned about varicose veins as well as a potential blood clot (s). A peripheral pulse exam and possible ultrasound imaging may be necessary to evaluate possible etiologies. ...Read more

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Small rash on leg/foot that looks like a cut that has scabbed over, itch at first, then kind of throb hurts then vanishes after a week or two, ideas?

Rash: Dermatological ' things ' can look a lot alike and there is nothing better than seeing it in the flesh. See your podiatrist and or dermatologist for assistance. ...Read more

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No injury the back of my ankle/heel hurts on and off especially when walking what could be wrong and what are some good treatment ideas?

No injury the back of my ankle/heel hurts on and off especially when walking what could be wrong and what are some good treatment ideas?

Tendonitis/bursitis: It is likely that you may have Achilles tendonitis or calcaneal bursitis which can occur without an injury but can occur from activity and sports. I'd start with ice, NSAIDs, and stretching. If you don't start to improve, you might need an ortho consult and possibly some physical therapy. ...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 have some kind of a serious itch between my foot fingers, both feet. I have no idea what to do, this has been going on for almost two months now..

I have some kind of a serious itch between my foot fingers, both feet. I have no idea what to do, this has been going on for almost two months now..

Athletes foot: Sounds like you have an athletes foot or tinea pedis. You should go to a foot specialist such as a podiatrist or a dermatologist for a prescription of a anti fungal medication. Probably also want to purchase a anti fungal spray for your shoe gear. ...Read more

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I dropped a 10-15 pound statue on my foot and its purple and hurts. Could I have broken a bone?

I dropped a 10-15 pound statue on my foot and its purple and hurts. Could I have broken a bone?

Foot Traums: You could have broken a bone, broken blood vessel or just badly bruised your foot. A broken bone is usually exhibited by sharp pain when touched, but don't rely on that 100%. Even if you can walk on the foot, it can still be broken. You should have it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have 3 little bumps on my foot. The skin surrounding it is starting to become purple. It hurts to the touch and looks like it's filled with pus.

I have 3 little bumps on my foot. The skin surrounding it is starting to become purple. It hurts to the touch and looks like it's filled with pus.

See Specialist!: It sounds like there may be an infectious process starting with tenderness, discoloration and discharge. Check your temperature and if it is abnormally increased you should be seen and treated clinically as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I hurt the top of my foot, it's now a bit purple. When I showered I couldn't have the water on it, or lift my toes under the water. What should I do?

I hurt the top of my foot, it's now a bit purple. When I showered I couldn't have the water on it, or lift my toes under the water. What should I do?

Bruising and......: A purpling of the top of your foot indicates that you have damaged the foot. Specifically, some blood vessels are leaking blood under the skin. Begin with the RICE protocol. Rest, Ice, Compression an Elevation. Rest it until tomorrow and then reevaluate. Depending on the type of injury, you may or may not of fractured a bone. I doubt that, but you never know. If problem gets worse see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a red blotch on top of my foot for about 5 years. It doesn't hurt or itch most of the time, but the skin is more sensitive to touch. Any idea?

I've had a red blotch on top of my foot for about 5 years. It doesn't hurt or itch most of the time, but the skin is more sensitive to touch. Any idea?

Nondiagnostic: A red blotch is not enough of a description required to make a diagnosis. One would like to know the size, shape, flatness or raised configuration, whether the redness is homogeneous versus multicolored, any change over the years, etc. A physician or dermatologist would need to inspect this blotch in order to advise you. ...Read more

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There is a purple pea-sized bump on the side of my dad's foot. It doesn't hurt or itch. What could it be? Please help

There is a purple pea-sized bump on the side of my dad's foot. It doesn't hurt or itch. What could it be? Please help

Exam needed: Since this is a strange lesion compared to any other skin spots he may have, I recommend that it be examined by a physician or dermatologist as malignant lesions like a melanoma can occur on a foot. If it's nothing serious, at least you'll have peace of mind. ...Read more

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I have pain on the inside of my heel. Not underneath. There is a definite spot when I touch it hurts. Hurts when walking and even sitting. Ideas?

I have pain on the inside of my heel. Not underneath. There is a definite spot when I touch it hurts. Hurts when walking and even sitting. Ideas?

Medial heel pain: If you are referring to the "inside of your heel" -or side closest to your other foot- this could be medial band pain from the plantar fascia which can radiate to the medial heel. Other important structures are in this area. Small nerve (Baxter's Nerve) can create pain on medial heel and this needs attention by foot specialist to resolve. Possible blood vessel issue. Recommend getting checked. ...Read more

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I was on demi-pointe in ballet, and all of a sudden, the bottom of my foot under my 4th and 5th toes swelled and hurt, with toes contracted. Any ideas?

I was on demi-pointe in ballet, and all of a sudden, the bottom of my foot under my 4th and 5th toes swelled and hurt, with toes contracted. Any ideas?

Foot pain: The first thought I have is that you sustained a fractured metatarsal, possibly a stress fracture. Often xrays will not reveal the fracture initially and serial xrays or a bone scan may be necessary. See you doctor or podiatrist for further tests. This is not an uncommon problem in athletes such as yourself. ...Read more

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My toe is purple. No diabetes, didn't get hurt. But it hurts when I touch it. It's my second toe on my foot. What can I do.

My toe is purple. No diabetes, didn't get hurt. But it hurts when I touch it. It's my second toe on my foot. What can I do.

The concern with: Purple is a lack of blood supply. Need to determine if its a simple bruise or not. One way to evaluate blood supply is the temp of the area, if it is warm that is a good sign. Is there a pulse in the foot? That is a good sign. If the toe is cold that is not good and needs further evaluation. Emboli are a concern as well... ...Read more

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I have a pain in my foot. I can bend my toes without pain. It hurts walking and when I squeeze the metacarpals together. Any ideas?

I have a pain in my foot. I can bend my toes without pain. It hurts walking and when I squeeze the metacarpals together. Any ideas?

Ideas: It could be many things, here is just a small list and I agree you should see a physician for a thorough exam. Stress fracture, neuroma, ligament tear, lisfranc injury, metatarsalgia (painful MTP joints), capsulitis, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with a sprained ankle (right foot) now I have large purple blotches on my right foot on both sides under the ankle. What's wrong?

I was just diagnosed with a sprained ankle (right foot) now I have large purple blotches on my right foot on both sides under the ankle. What's wrong?

It is bruising: The purple blotching you describe sounds like bruising. You may have [just] sprained your ankle, but where pain, swelling and bruising is present, you want to make sure you do not have a more serious injury such as a dislocation or fracture. The way to do this is with x-rays. ...Read more

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7yr old complains his leg hurts, or his feet are tired on/off for well over year. Sometimes months in between, lasts a few days. Blood work normal. Ideas?

7yr old complains his leg hurts, or his feet are tired on/off for well over year. Sometimes months in between, lasts a few days. Blood work normal. Ideas?

Not uncommon problem: It is not uncommon for children to complain of leg pains off and on or to wake up at night with pains that are often relieved by massage. It is reassuring that blood work was normal. Can you relate the flare ups to periods of increased activitiy? Children with marked flat feet, excessive intoeing or external rotation, or hypermobile joints seem to have more complaints. Orthotics help some. ...Read more

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Pain at base of big toe spreading few inches up too of foot started 3 days ago. Unsure how I got hurt. Hurts less when stabilized in shoe. Any ideas?

Pain at base of big toe spreading few inches up too of foot started 3 days ago. Unsure how I got hurt. Hurts less when stabilized in shoe. Any ideas?

Possible: Hallux limitis or tendonitits. Should see foot doc as history is not entirely clear and clinical exam will likely aid in diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have an old scar, 20+ years on foot... Recently hurts to put pressure on it, bottom half is turning red with purple and it really itches. Should I?

I have an old scar, 20+ years on foot... Recently hurts to put pressure on it, bottom half is turning red with purple and it really itches. Should I?

Keloid: This means there is inflammation and I would like for you to see a dermatologist who specializes in keloid. They can inject into the scar to decrease the inflammation. Why it is inflamed now is unclear. Usually evidence of inflammation with wrong foods and sometimes clothing. ...Read more

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Foot doctor has no idea what's wrong with me who do I see?! symptoms are in blue at the bottom

Foot doctor has no idea what's wrong with me who do I see?! symptoms are in blue at the bottom

What does that: Mean symptoms are in blue at the bottom? We don't see them here...Please reask your question... ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle last week and the swelling still isn't down it is now purple on the top of my foot what's wrong?

I sprained my ankle last week and the swelling still isn't down it is now purple on the top of my foot what's wrong?

Ankle Sprain: Have you seen anyone to have it checked. Need at least an x-ray to make sure there is no fracture. Use rice rest ice compression and elevation and get checked. ...Read more

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Right below my big toe on 1 foot when I stand or walk it hurts, more so when standing. I think its a lump but that could just be me. Any ideas?

Right below my big toe on 1 foot when I stand or walk it hurts, more so when standing. I think its a lump but that could just be me. Any ideas?

Unclear question: You need to visit a foot doc, your question is too vague....Is it a lump or not? If it is it needs a biopsy, if its not maybe plantar fascitiis, maybe sesamoditis.....A foot doc can help. ...Read more

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I was Jumping up in the air I came down on the side outside of my foot up near my baby toe directly under It it's turning purple and swelling hurts?

I was Jumping up in the air I came down on the side outside of my foot up near my baby toe directly under It it's turning purple and swelling hurts?

Sprain/Fracture: You most likely sustained a sprain/ fracture in this area and should get an xray and treatment for it. Meanwhile apply ice packs for 15 to 20minutes 3 to 4 times a day and if not pregnant, have a contraindication or allergic to NSAIDS, use as dosed on the bottle for pain relief. rest and elevate the foot. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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One inch below my ankle on the inside of my foot there is a bump and when I run I get slight pain. When I push the bump it hurts. Any idea? Thank you

One inch below my ankle on the inside of my foot there is a bump and when I run I get slight pain. When I push the bump it hurts. Any idea? Thank you

Accessory navicular: You may have an extra bone there called an accessory navicular or an enlarged navicular bone. A tendon attaches to this area, and an insertional tendonitis may be causing the pain when you run. This is common in people with flat feet. ...Read more

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My right heel has been hurting for a few weeks not sure y. Hurts so bad I can hardly walk sometimes any ideas what it could be? Just the 1 hurting

My right heel has been hurting for a few weeks not sure y. Hurts so bad I can hardly walk sometimes any ideas what it could be? Just the 1 hurting

Heel Pain: There are many reasons for heel pain.
Plantar fascitis to stress fractures of the heel bone.

Please seek a consult with a foot specialist before treating this yourself. ...Read more

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Any idea why the bone on the top of my right foot is more pointy than the left. Makes shoes tight and hurts foot?

Any idea why the bone on the top of my right foot is more pointy than the left. Makes shoes tight and hurts foot?

You may have: Spurring to the top of the bone known as an exostosis. When the shoe rubs and hurts you this is known as vamp's disease as the part of the shoe that rubs the bone is known as the vamp.
Options include wearing appropropriate shoes or having the bone shaven. ...Read more

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What type of test do they do for blood infections, I broke my leg and it gets all red or purple when I stand and blood pools in the foot, ultrasound?

What type of test do they do for blood infections, I broke my leg and it gets all red or purple when I stand and blood pools in the foot, ultrasound?

Venous congestion: It sounds more like a venous problem than an infevtion. This is actually quite common after lower extremity trauma. Check with a vascular surgeon. Ultra sound would be indicated. ...Read more

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What is going on with me? If I stand too long I can feel my lower legs start to swell and feel very tight. They look slightly purple while standing. Sharp burning pains go thru my heel everyday. My heel hurts worse first thing in the morning.

What is going on with me? If I stand too long I can feel my lower legs start to swell and feel very tight. They look slightly purple while standing. Sharp burning pains go thru my heel everyday. My heel hurts worse first thing in the morning.

Veins.: You need to have the vascular status, specifically venous, of your legs evaluated. Sluggish venous return can cause most of the symptoms that you are experiencing. A secondary fascia inflammation may also be occurring in the heel. To remove all doubt, seek an evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more

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Have tingling in left calf and foot, also burning/pressure sensation. Arch and ankle also hurt. Couldn't sleep last nite (taking Bactrum 1st time). ideas?

Have tingling in left calf and foot, also burning/pressure sensation. Arch and ankle also hurt. Couldn't sleep last nite (taking Bactrum 1st time). ideas?

Pain: Many possibilities for this including a muscle or tendon issue to your leg and foot, a nerve issue or compression, medication induced from the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is possible as well, an electrolyte abnormality and even possible you may have a blood clot in your leg. I would see someone to get checked out. ...Read more

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I have sharp, stinging pain in the ball of my foot and sometimes the smaller toes go numb or sting and burn too. Hurts even when I rest it. Any ideas?

I have sharp, stinging pain in the ball of my foot and sometimes the smaller toes go numb or sting and burn too. Hurts even when I rest it. Any ideas?

Sounds like: Sounds like you might have a neuroma but to get a definite diagnosis you should see a local Podiatrist. I would also suggest an NCV test (nerve conduction velocity) of the lower extremity to make sure the problem does not originate in your lower back. ...Read more

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Hurt my foot last week pinky side the bone beneath the toe has gone bruised very purple and swollen since Sunday can’t put pressure on it?

Hurt my foot last week pinky side the bone beneath the toe has gone bruised very purple and swollen since Sunday can’t put pressure on it?

Need to examine: You may have fractured a bone and may need x-ray examination. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
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