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I suffer severe leg and foots cramps at night. Woke up to a very painful red/ purple toe. Painful to touch or walk on. No injury as I was in bed.?

I suffer severe leg and foots cramps at night. Woke up to a very painful red/ purple toe. Painful to touch or walk on. No injury as I was in bed.?

Be seen: I would certainly recommend you be seen. Among potential considerations such as arterial insufficiency, or potentially inflammatory or infectious causes. An exam would go a long way in determining the likely cause. ...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 little toe is purple on top, itchy, dry and slightly painful, very sensitive to heat and have not stubbed it or hit it, what could it be?

My little toe is purple on top, itchy, dry and slightly painful, very sensitive to heat and have not stubbed it or hit it, what could it be?

Many things: It could be something as simple as irritation from shoes. It could also be a dermatitis, athlete's foot, a circulation issue, etc. There are too many possibilities to diagnose without a proper examination. If it persists, 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. 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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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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I was diagnosed with Essential Thrombosytosis. This all started with my toe turning purple and painful. I've had us of legs. Nothing was found. Now what?

I was diagnosed with Essential Thrombosytosis. This all started with my toe turning purple and painful. I've had us of legs. Nothing was found. Now what?

ET: Likely your purple toe was related to ET, but maybe not. 1st have your MD explain how ET was diagnosed and what treatment goals are. That is too difficult to communicate in 400 characters. But generally normalization of platelet and WBC values is desired. ...Read more

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Insect bite painful, swollen, has reddish purple color, and is a white pimple- like bump that popped. It is on a toddler's second toe.

Insect bite painful, swollen, has reddish purple color, and is a white pimple- like bump that popped. It is on a toddler's second toe.

Insect bite: Is what it sounds like. A small area like a toddlers toe will swell impressive. My favorite treatment for insect/ spider bites is a raw onion... Slice it and rub on the affected bite area tl the juice is dry (a couple minutes). It neutralizes the toxin and reduces swelling.
If it is painful or getting worse, see your child's doctor. ...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.?

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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There are 2 painful, deep red-purple bumps on the ball of my foot near the smallest toe, and 1 on the inside arch toward the heel. What could it be?

Need more info: Hard to say for sure without a complete history and examination. See the podiatrist! Could be a bruise or a swollen vessel, but if there was no associated trauma, could have been a vessel that popped or a growth. Have it checked! ...Read more

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Had ingrown toenails cauterized a month ago. Half of toenail is yellow now and whole toe is purple/swollen. Painful and tender to the touch. Plz help!

Have it evaluated.: Pain and swelling may last a long time following toe nail surgery. Have it evaluated and make sure that it is not getting infected. ...Read more

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Spot on bottom of foot. Very painful. Dr says not planters wart. Turned purple with spots under it. What could it be?

Spot on bottom of foot. Very painful. Dr says not planters wart. Turned purple with spots under it. What could it be?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last? 4.5 days ago foot got crushed. Still swollen, purple. Use Ace Bandage? Not painful. Not walking much. Xray negative.

How long does swelling last? 4.5 days ago foot got crushed. Still swollen, purple. Use Ace Bandage? Not painful. Not walking much. Xray negative.

2 to 4 weeks: If x-ray is negative is a minor injury. Most minor-to-moderate injuries will heal within 2 to 4 weeks. Apply moist heat, reduce the function and NSAIDs OTC will help to speed the healing. Get well soon! ...Read more

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Have rsd getting worse had episode of pain then looked down at foot something moving protruding turned skin purple then went away very painful what is?

Have rsd getting worse had episode of pain then looked down at foot something moving protruding turned skin purple then went away very painful what is?

RSD: The symptoms of rsd (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) can cause color changes in the skin, temperature changes in the foot, pain and numbness with anything touching or rubbing against the foot. See a neurosurgeon or a specialist in rsd to evaluate and treat this problem. ...Read more

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I'm getting tiny purple/red bumps on my hands and one on the bottom of my foot. They are very painful and my hands ache. No fluids in them either.?

I'm getting tiny purple/red bumps on my hands and one on the bottom of my foot. They are very painful and my hands ache. No fluids in them either.?

Hand-Foot-Condition.: This kind of condition is a dermatologists dream. The cause can be anything from diet to virus. The best chance of resolution is have your hands and feet examined by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Red/purple blemish on sole of mother's foot, (48 yrs) About 7mm not painful or itchy, no history of skin cancer what benign condition could cause this?

Red/purple blemish on sole of mother's foot, (48 yrs) About 7mm not painful or itchy, no history of skin cancer what benign condition could cause this?

Depends: A photo would be helpful... this description could be a number of things and it is difficult to say without seeing it. Common benign lesions on the bottom of the foot are warts, calluses, clogged sweat glands, foreign bodies, abscess, moles and blisters. ...Read more

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Why are toes purple?

Why are toes purple?

Circulatory problem: This is a sign of diminished blood supply to the toes. You should see your family doctor right away to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Why are my toes so purple?

Raynauds: There are several things that can cause this. Could be a circulation problem. At your age, I would look up raynaud's disease and see if this fits what you are experiencing. Its cold in cleveland in the winter! Could even be a dermatologic or pigmentation issue. ...Read more

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Why did my toes become dark purple?

Why did my toes become dark purple?

It's really: Impossible to give you a diagnosis over the internet. A dark purple discoloration of the toes can come from a circulation issue, either a blockage or vasospasm (arteries that constrict causing less blood to flow), and sometimes, rarely, a small clot that breaks off from higher up in the body that occludes a small artery.

It's important you see your doctor about this as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Why do my toes turn purple in the shower?

Has to: It has to do with a change in temperature which affects blood flow and chemical release from the body into skin. ...Read more

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My two big toes have purple marks, should I be concerned?

Depends on where/why: That description does not tell me much. Was there injury? How long have these purple marks been there? Are there other symptoms such as pain, itching, temperature changes of skin? I think it best to see a podiatrist for pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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My toes are turning purple/black and hurt! What should I do?

My toes are turning purple/black and hurt! What should I do?

Go to urgent care/ER: You risk having a clot and/or infection with the toe turning purple/black; possibly gangrene. You may have cut a blood vessel. Go get checked! ...Read more

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What is the cause of raynaud's phenomenon (purple toes)?

What is the cause of raynaud's phenomenon (purple toes)?

See below: It is a constriction of the blood vessels on exposure to cold. ...Read more

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Why are my feet and toes purple?

Raynauds is: A possibility, dependent rubor can present this way, venous insufficiency can at times present this way. A vascular doctor is good to consult for this type of problem. ...Read more

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Purple sore toe?

Pressure points: Patients who are bed bound and not being rotated consistently...Resulting in pressure points which cause skin necrosis. ...Read more

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What is this purple brownish ring around my husbands toe?

See below: It could be a bruise or infection.
See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my toe to have a big reddish purple dot on it?

No: Without seeing it, can't tell you anything else, so visit a doctor to take a look at it. ...Read more