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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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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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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 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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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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Legs ache;, left foot 2nd toe purple at time; left heel feels like it has a jagged rock inside it; legs swelling; difficulty walking; much pain; What?

Legs ache;, left foot 2nd toe purple at time; left heel feels like it has a jagged rock inside it; legs swelling; difficulty walking; much pain; What?

Diabetic?: The symptoms are important enough to justify a full medical evaluation Peripheral vascular disease, metabolic issues, kidney problems are amongst conditions the should be looked into DON'T delay SEE an MD ...Read more

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The side of My big toe is numb since 8 years is it matter to be worried I have no diabetes?

The side of My big toe is numb since 8 years is it matter to be worried I have no diabetes?

Stable disease: Certainly, if this is not bothersome to you, there may not be a need to do further evaluation. However, given that you have posed the question, it would be at least reasonable to discuss with your doctor the historical context in which you first noticed it and whether it has changed during the past few years. ...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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My right big toe tip has been numb ever since I wore heels last week. No diabetes. No health problems. What can this be shouldn't be worried?

My right big toe tip has been numb ever since I wore heels last week. No diabetes. No health problems. What can this be shouldn't be worried?

Nerve trauma: Sounds like the shoe put excessive pressure on the nerve in this area. If this is what happened, the numb feeling should resolve in next few days assuming you do not do something or wear a shoe that causes more pressure in this area. If it still persists, see Podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have diabetes 2. I feel pain in my big toe on the the place of connecting nail with toe. Is it serious? And if yes, what's your advice?

Control. Prevention: Having diabetes 2 puts you at a greater risk of having more serious consequences of untreated or mistreated foot problems. In order to lower that risk, it is necessary to keep your blood sugar and the diabetes under control. Although it is not uncommon for one to feel an occasional pain here and there, any specific, isolated and increasing pain should be investigated. Prevention is critical. ...Read more

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My big toe has been numb for a few days after wearing heels. I don't have diabetes or back pain. What can I do before going to the doctor?

Let it relax for: A while and wear open sheos to relieve the pressure on it and take some Motrin and warm soaks for the foot. ...Read more

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No bunion just stinging sensation. No diabetes so no neuropathy. Fractured big toe few months ago that foot. Having stinging sensations more lately.

No bunion just stinging sensation. No diabetes so no neuropathy. Fractured big toe few months ago that foot. Having stinging sensations more lately.

Get X-ray: Big toe fractures and 'sprains ' (' turf toe') are fairly common. If your ' stinging' continues see an Orthopedic Surgeon for evaluation. If the fracture extended into the joint (as in any joint) you may be developing early arthritis. Treatment early can be fairly 'easy' w/ NSAIDs/ turf -toe liners, etc. Get an X-ray and get examined! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Why does my big toe hurt and is purple infection?

Why does my big toe hurt and is purple infection?

Ingrown: These symptoms often are caused by ingrown nail. Have podiatrist check it out. ...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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My husbands toes especially the one next to the big toe get purple and lose feeling. What could cause This. He's overweight but no health conditions?

My husbands toes especially the one next to the big toe get purple and lose feeling. What could cause This. He's overweight but no health conditions?

Check circulation: The color purple when the foot is down can be do to circulation problems. Have this checked. Too young for this to be normal. ...Read more

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My big toe turns purple and the top of my foot swells why?

My big toe turns purple and the top of my foot swells why?

See a doctor: Venous insufficiency could be one reason, but I would tend to think all the toes would turn purplish. The temp of the skin would be important, is the foot cooler or warmer and what it is compared to the contralateral limb. Is this new onset? History of trauma? More info would help but you should get checked out simply because the findings are not normal. ...Read more

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My big toe had blisters that have turned purple and the skin around it has hardened, and is burning and itching terribly. What is going on?

My big toe had blisters that have turned purple and the skin around it has hardened, and is burning and itching terribly. What is going on?

First off, you don't: Report any medical history. In the event you are diabetic you must see a foot doc.
In the event you aren't, still a good idea but often can manage o your own. It is possible the purple is secondary to some blood. If the skin hardened you can file it down with an Emory board. Any open areas cover with a bandage and monitor for infection. ...Read more

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After wearing high heels a part of my big toe under nail turned purple, is this serious?

No: I sounds like you expeienced some bleeding under the toenail. It should grow out over a period of time. If it is painful it may need to be drained. ...Read more

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Y big toe is swollen and purple puss come out in the side get crusty been cleaning it pain 2 month and I don't have insurance?

Ingrown toenail: It seems like you have an infected ingrown toenail. You should try to soak the area in epsom salts and warm water on a daily basis. If the infection does not resolve you should see a podiatrist for further evaluation. Untreated infected ingrown toenails can cause the infection to spread and could also infect the bone which is underneath the nail. ...Read more

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My big toe is green, purple, and black. I dropped a table on it yesterday. Is it broken? Or will I lose my nail?

Tough to say...: See a podiatrist for an evaluation. It could be broken, and I can usually predict if someone will lose a nail. ...Read more

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Ok so my big toe is red and purple under the nail. Its been 2 weeks and my other toe is starting to look the same. I'm worried!

Ok so my big toe is red and purple under the nail. Its been 2 weeks and my other toe is starting to look the same. I'm worried!

Start Simple first.: The first thing to consider is whether or not your shoes are causing the problem. In most cases, the simplest explanation is the correct one. ...Read more

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My big toe is swollen from a bug bite so I wrapped it. The tip of my toe that was sticking out of wrap is dark purple now. It is painful if touched?

Skin Infections: There is a world wide deadly epidemic with a drug resistant staph causing abscesses and sores that are universally described by patients a 'bug bites'. Since this surely sounds like one of those I would advise that you get seen within the next 24 hours by your family physician. ...Read more

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The top of my foot has a knot and the toe next to the big toe is right against the big toe and my toes turn a purple color and have tingling feeling?

The top of my foot has a knot and the toe next to the big toe is right against the big toe and my toes turn a purple color and have tingling feeling?

Multiple problems: The knot may be several things like a spur or a cyst. It may be the likely cause of the numbness and tingling as it is pressing on a nerve. The fact that your first and second toes are crossing or touching indicates a hammertoe and/or bunion deformity. You should see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My big toe is swollen from a bug bite so I wrapped it. The tip of my toe that was sticking out of wrap is dark purple now. Wis very painful if touched?

My big toe is swollen from a bug bite so I wrapped it. The tip of my toe that was sticking out of wrap is dark purple now. Wis very painful if touched?

You may of wrapped: It too tight, you also may need an antibiotic as it may be infected. If after unwrapping which I suggest you do immediately, the color remains you need to see a doc asap. ...Read more

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Hi I have a purple dot on the bottom of my big toe and it's sore it's been there for 2 weeks now and has started to get itchy lately what could it be?

Get checked: Most likely a small area of dying tissue and you need to find out why. Worst case: rapid progression of infection or necrosis from vascular disease results in loss of the toe or even the foot. ...Read more

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A lump formed under my big toe. I rubbed it & it disappeared. I woke this morning to a dark purple bruise on the side of the toe. Is this worrisome?

A lump formed under my big toe. I rubbed it & it disappeared. I woke this morning to a dark purple bruise on the side of the toe. Is this worrisome?

Depends on progress: See how it continues healing, and if there's pain, then it's worrisome and you must see your PCP. Or if the bruise gets larger. You may need to elevate it, and put cool compresses on it for relief, and no fish oils, aspirin, Advil, (ibuprofen) Ibuprofen as it could potentially increase the bruising. Monitor it, and if it improves, you are probably OK. Time will tell shortly! ...Read more

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My big toe is swollen and purple and blood and puss is coming out aroud the nail what is going on thare is pain also

You: You might have an infected ingrown toenail. You'll not only need a course of oral antibiotics, but will need to have that piece of nail that's stuck in your skin removed.

It's a simple and easy office procedure. No pain, no disability, and you'll feel better immediately.

Go see a foot doctor! ...Read more

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