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


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My toes turn blue in the shower. Other symptoms are hands and feet are almost always cold. Bottoms of my feet are dark red and my palms blue & swollen?

My toes turn blue in the shower. Other symptoms are hands and feet are almost always cold. Bottoms of my feet are dark red and my palms blue & swollen?

See doc: I know it's easy to say you need to see a doctor, but i think you do need to see one. You may need to have your circulation checked for one. Also, other diseases such as vasculitis (blood vessel wall inflammation) as well as inflammatory diseases such as lupus or reynaud's may need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Why would my big toes turn blue?

Why would my big toes turn blue?

Lack of blood flow: Lack of blood flow. You should see a doctor quickly about this as you might lose your toe ...Read more

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A year ago, my daughter got frostbit on her toes. Recently her toes have been painful and turn blue. What do you think about this??

A year ago, my daughter got frostbit on her toes.  Recently her toes have been painful and turn blue.  What do you think about this??

Frost complication: or Raynaud's phenomena. It is not unusual to have increase sensitivity to cold and altered circulation after frostbite and that may be what is currently happening. With Raynaud's, the vessels go into spasm and usually turn the digit white and then blue followed by flushing. Keeping both the body core as well as extremities warm helps to relieve the symptoms. ...Read more

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Why does gout start in the big toe, and then after the attack it all turns black and blue?

Why does gout start in the big toe, and then after the attack it all turns black and blue?

Cool: Gout often happens in a cool joint where uric acid crystallizes. The toes are the coolest joints in the body being furthest from the heart where the blood is the warmest. Gout does not usually leave joints black and blue. ...Read more

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I, as a sous chef, work 12 hours a day. recently my big toe turns blue/green at the end but by the next day it's back to normal. I'm growing concerned?

I, as a sous chef, work 12 hours a day. recently my big toe turns blue/green at the end but by the next day it's back to normal. I'm growing concerned?

Circulation: Your problem sounds like it's vascular in nature. A vascular problem could be benign or may need intervention. Only a thorough work up by your doctor would determine this. ...Read more

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Is it normal for toes to turn blue after foot surgery?

Is it normal for toes to turn blue after foot surgery?

CAN BE PROBLEMATIC!: Hi! Post surgery this can be normal echymoses ( bruising ), BUT can also be due to disruption of circulation - especially if one or more of the following are present : cold digit(s), swelling, pain, any dehiscence ( skin / wound / surgical site breakdown ). Regardless, after surgery anything that appears abnormal or that you have a question about or concern SHOULD BE REFFERED ASAP TO YOUR SURGEON! ...Read more

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Does Achilles tendonitis cause my big toe turn blue?

Does Achilles tendonitis cause my big toe turn blue?

Shouldn't : Toes turning blue sounds like a vascular problem. I would get it checked out. Achilles tendinitis should cause pain on the crack of ankle ...Read more

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In a cold environment my feet turn blue/purple an my toes sometimes go numb if I'm in a warm envir. my feet turn red an toes feel like they're on fire?

In a cold environment my feet turn blue/purple an my toes sometimes go numb if I'm in a warm envir. my feet turn red an toes feel like they're on fire?

Raynaud's: The problem you describe is known as Raynaud's. In a young person like yourself this tends to be a more benign condition. It is basically an exaggerated response to the cold whereby the small blood vessels in hands and feet constrict to preserve heat in the body's core. Patients should avoid cold, use gloves, and avoid smoking. An appointment with your doctor would be helpful. ...Read more

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Treatment for runny nose, fever, sneezing and cough. Additionally, fingers&toes turns slightly blue ocassionally?

Treatment for runny nose, fever, sneezing and cough. Additionally, fingers&toes turns slightly blue ocassionally?

Normal care: Treat yourself as you would normally for a cold or mild flu. The slightly blue toes likely coincidental. As always if things continue or worsen, consult an md. ...Read more

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