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My left big toe stays purple most of the time. Do I have diabetes?

My left big toe stays purple most of the time. Do I have diabetes?

See your doctor: The toe is a separate issue from your possible diabetes. Your doctor can ask some questions, examine you, check a blood sample and tell you if you're diabetic. Your purple toe could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (pad), which is best managed by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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What to do if I have alot of pain in my left heal my right big toe is also very painfull can't hardly walk could this be the begin of diabetes .?

What to do if I have alot of pain in my left heal my right big toe is also very painfull can't hardly walk could this be the begin of diabetes .?

Heel pain: Heel pain and big toe pain may be from many other conditions. Symptoms of high blood sugar (diabetes)include blurred vision, tiredness, itchy skin, increased urination, thirst, increased appetite, weight loss and excessive urination at night. Get your doctor to check your fasting glucose and A1c test if you have any of these symptoms ...Read more

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The side if my left big toe is numb, like I'll touch it and its just numb, what's wrong? Is it diabetes? Could I loose my toe??

The side if my left big toe is numb, like I'll touch it and its just numb, what's wrong? Is it diabetes? Could I loose my toe??

Not DM: If it is just the side of one toe this is very likely just compression of a small nerve near the bony prominence before your toe. Toe will not be lost. Avoid pressure on the area. ...Read more

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My big toe along the left side of the nail is purple and has green crusty discharge. What's wrong with my toe?

My big toe along the left side of the nail is purple and has green crusty discharge. What's wrong with my toe?

Paronychia: The description suggests a Paronychia, which is an ingrown toenail injuring the adjacent tissue and causing pain and infection. Mild forms often respond to warms compresses and home care but you should have a physician evaluate your condition as you may need antibiotics and possibly removal of part of nail. SEE:http://wb.md/1MgC1Ee ...Read more

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I had da vinci supracervical hysterectomy 9 days ago. Yesterday i noticed my left big toe is really purple in the nailbed and off and on achey. Why?

I had da vinci supracervical hysterectomy 9 days ago. Yesterday i noticed my left big toe is really purple in the nailbed and off and on achey. Why?

Da Vinci: Probably not related to the actual operation, but you may have stubbed your toe sometime during your hospitalization and may not have realized it. That would have most likely occurred right after surgery when you were still drowsy from anesthesia. ...Read more

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I dropped a 60 pound log on my left big toe and now the nail is purple and the area just below the nail is red and swollen. is it broken?

I dropped a 60 pound log on my left big toe and now the nail is purple and the area just below the nail is red and swollen. is it broken?

Broken Toe: You should go to see your doctor or go to an urgent care center for x-rays. It would be beneficial if you get referred to a podiatrist for final management of your sore toe. ...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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My big toe is numb on one side, could it be diabetes?

My big toe is numb on one side, could it be diabetes?

Not necessarily: Numbness does result from a nerve function disrupted, but there are other things besides diabetes that can cause that. This includes trauma (bone or soft tissue), compression on the site as well as swelling. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more