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Purple Patches On Feet
Eczema?: Eczema would be my first guess (possibly with a secondary fungal infection). Unfortunately Donna to diagnose skin issues one must always see and feel the lesions. Can try treating with moisturizer several times a day along with mild steroid cream like cortisone combined with any OTC antifungal cream. If there in no improvement in 2 weeks time, please see your healthcare provider for evaluation. ...Read more
Right foot swelling since 3/14 now i notice a quarter size patch with light purple viens on top of foot by ankle. What could it be?
There are some various things that can present that way. The area that you describe is a common place for ganglions to form. Another consideration, is the Extensor Digitorum Brevis muscle belly. This can become enlarged due to various stresses. It is located on the lateral or little toe side of the foot near the ankle.
If you are having pain from this you may want to have this checked out. ...Read more
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
Immature circulation: Your baby's circulation is still in the process of developing. Purple hands and feet is just a result of this immaturity. You do not need to be concerned if your baby is otherwise acting healthy. However if his lips or chest turn blue you should see your pediatrician as this can be a sign of cardiac disease. ...Read more
Raynaud's: Can do that. There is a disease and a phenomenon. It is basically a vasospasm of the hands or toes when exposed to cold. ...Read more
Circulation problems: These symptoms could be related to poor circulation. Old age, history of smoking, history of vascular problems, high blood pressure and cholesterol could be contributing factors. Patients often have cold feet, they could have pain too. He should see a doctor for evaluation as these may progress to more serious vascular problems if left untreated. Good luck! ...Read more
No: Even though this may not be normal it is not necessarily anything to be gravely concerned about. The best way to evaluate this is to have a lower extremity venous ultrasound to make sure you do not have significant venous insufficiency (particularly in the deep venous system). We see bluish discoloration in people who have had clots in the deep veins and then subsequently develop reflux. ...Read more
It depends: It is generally not normal but maybe not dangerous. If you have purple-blue feet that are cold and painful when your feet are up and better when your feet are down, see a doctor immediately. The arterial supply in your legs may be dangerously compromised. If you have painful purple-blue feet when your legs are down and the color improves when they are up, it's likely related to varicose veins. ...Read more
Decreased blood flow: When your feet and legs are in a static position the muscles don't contract as much and you may experience a purple color to the skin ...Read more
Raynauds or stasis.: There are multiple possibilities for purple discoloration of the feet but the most common are-1. Venous stasis due to pooling of venous blood in the sitting or standing position because of decrease of the calf muscle pump, 2. Raynaud's syndrome which results in color changes of the feet and even hands due to spasm of the small vessels in the toes and hands and, 3. Vasodilation due to medications. ...Read more
Why do my feet turn blue/purple while sitting? I have no pain, when i stand up the color returns .
Vascular related: It is plausible that when you stand and walk the musculature system helps blood flow back thru the venous network but when you sit the blood pools in the feet letting it turn the color of venous blood when it pools. It is worth checking out with a vascular doctor. There may not be much to do for it, but it should be checked out anyway. ...Read more
My 7 month old son's feet are constantly blue/purple. They're hardly ever cold but always dark. Should I be worried?
Possible heart disea: This is highly unusual. It is very common to have blue/purple hands and feet in cold weather, when the baby's hands and feet are exposed. However having blue/purple feet may indicate a vascular disease. You nees to discuss this with your baby's pediatrician to explore this possibility. ...Read more
Blood not returning: This is indicative, of the blood not wanting to go back to your heart. Your venous system is not working properly. You should be seen by vascular disease specialist for consultation. Especially if you have a lot of varicose burns that you can see and/or pain when walking. ...Read more