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What would cause 2 purple spots on both big toes, in the same area? I thought maybe shoes but I have been wearing sandals.

What would cause 2 purple spots on both big toes, in the same area? I thought maybe shoes but I have been wearing sandals.

The symmetry of it: Suggests you are doing something to both feet, perhaps where you are putting your feet, under desk, sure sounds like bruises from something external. If more appear see your doctor ...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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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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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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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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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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I sprained my ankle and the whole foot is bruised purple color then 2 days after injury the bruise started having white round spots all inside ?

I sprained my ankle and the whole foot is bruised purple color then 2 days after injury the bruise started having white round spots all inside
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Rainbow Bruise.: Sounds like a typical variation on the breakdown of the blood trapped under the skin. Time will eventually remove almost all of it. If there is a concern, then see your doctor for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a purple spot on the bottom of my right foot. I have had it for years with no pain, should this be a cause for concern?

I have a purple spot on the bottom of my right foot. I have had it for years with no pain, should this be a cause for concern?

Have a doctor see it: When you are at your next doctor visit ask your doctor to tell you what it is. You need a diagnosis to know if it is anything that needs treatment. ...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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Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Leech Bite?: It is actually rare to be allergic or to have a reaction to a leech bite. Assuming it was a leech bite, you could have some irritation and itching, but normally should have no further problems if you have good health and no leech allergies. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as you describe, then you need to seek medical attention as it may be infected. ...Read more

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I have small red blood spots on side of big toe really painful and won't heal what are they and how can it be grates pls?

I have small red blood spots on side of big toe really painful and won't heal what are they and how can it be grates pls?

Need more informatio: The spots that you describe as blood spots need to be evaluated. I can't tell from your description whether the blood spots are tender themselves or are these dilated vessels, are there areas of loss of tissue, or are there neurologic issues involved, so we need more information. These could be an area of trauma depending on your shoe ...Read more

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"Sprained" my big toe 2 months ago in soccer, and it instantly turned black and blue. Toe is still swollen and painful in spots. Is this normal?

"Sprained" my big toe 2 months ago in soccer, and it instantly turned black and blue. Toe is still swollen and painful in spots. Is this normal?

No: No, not normal. Certainly consistent with a number of potential injuries to the toe. If you are still having trouble with it, I would consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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I have a black spot under both of my big toe nails. What can cause black spots under my big toe?

Subungual : Hematoma or blood under the nail is a possibility. Splinter hemorrage is also possibility. Melanoma can present this way but fact yu have it on both big nails would render this possibility as less likely. ...Read more

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After running had sharp needle like pain in big toe and sharp needle pain in heel just in those two spots what on earth?!

Needle pain: This sounds like nerve contusion, depending on the location at the heel, and definitely at the toe. Without a physical exam it sounds like over pronation resulting in the big toe pain. Xrays are certainly also needed to rule out bone spurs and fracture. See your podiatrist for that evaluation and x rays. ...Read more

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My big toe nail on my left foot has black spots on it.

My big toe nail on my left foot has black spots on it.

This would need to : Be checked out to determine if it is blood, fungus, maybe a wart or worse a melanoma....usually it is blood, or even sock lint but the others should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Got these red spots on my toes with lots of itching and burning sensations. Big toe nails look yellowish, slightly brownish at the front edges.

Got these red spots on my toes with lots of itching and burning sensations. Big toe nails look yellowish, slightly brownish at the front edges.

Fungus: It sounds probable that you may be dealing with fungus growing on your skin and under your toe nails. You will need the help of prescriptions for either topical or oral antifungal medication from your primary care provider to get rid of it completely. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Under skin red spots on end of big toe. Also, have toenail fungus on same toe.

Under skin red spots on end of big toe. Also, have toenail fungus on same toe.

Red dots: Near toes could be an extension of fungus onto the skin from your toenail. Get some help and see a podiatrist or skin doctor for more clarification and treatment. ...Read more

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I have 2 tiny hard spots on the bottom of my big toe, I don't think they are planters warts because they are painless and I had the HPV vaccine?

I have 2 tiny hard spots on the bottom of my big toe, I don't think they are planters warts because they are painless and I had the HPV vaccine?

Need to examine: The only way you will know is to have a trained pair of eyes on the subject, and it won't help to rationalize what it isn't, so go see the dermatologist and find out what it is so you can start the right treatment, you'll feel better when you know what it is ...Read more

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Help, I have black spot on my big toe, what could it be?

Help, I have black spot on my big toe, what could it be?

Could be a few thing: A black spot can be anything from a freckle, to a mole, to melanoma. Most likely it is a freckle or a mole but it is important to get it checked by a dermatologist. If it looks like the picture it is probably a mole, but make sure you get it checked. Almost all types of dangerous skin conditions can be cured with early detection and treatment. ...Read more

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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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I have a black spot on my left big toe. It doesn't hurt at all. What is it?

I have a black spot on my left big toe. It doesn't hurt at all. What is it?

Spot not.: Black spots can be due to a host of conditions. To be safe why not have it evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more

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I have grayish spot on my right big toe. Is that a sign for health problem?

I have grayish spot on my right big toe.  Is that a sign for health problem?

See MD: You need to see an MD right away. It could be a fungal infection, or it could be a sign of undiagnosed diabetes ...Read more

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Hello, a few days ago I noticed a tiny brown spot at my fingertip at my big toe. Is there something to worry about?

Hello, a few days ago I noticed a tiny brown spot at my fingertip at my big toe. Is there something to worry about?

I'm not certain: What you mean by "at my fingertip at my big toe". If you're referring just to your big toe, sometimes a blood blister or small contusion can occur there as the big toe can bump up against the inside of the tip of the shoe. If it's more like a mole and doesn't go away in a week or so or also on your finger tip, it would be a good idea to have a professional look at it. ...Read more

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I've had a brownish black spot of the same size under my big toe for weeks. Doesn't hurt at all. No other health problems. Only 21. What could it be?

I've had a brownish black spot of the same size under my big toe for weeks. Doesn't hurt at all. No other health problems. Only 21. What could it be?

ABC's: Although I agree with all the posts previous, use the abc (for melanoma) to help relieve some stress before you see a doctor is the spot asymmetrical? Are borders irregular shaped? Is the color uniform or multicolor? What is the diameter? Also, is it elevated? Lastly, of course get it check-ed out but those abc's;s should help relief some stress. Hope this helps! ...Read more