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Painful, red spots on my feet

by Kayla
(Boston)

vasculitis?

vasculitis?

I am a 23 year old, female. For years I've gotten red, hot, painful spots on my feet. I get them on my big toe, heel, and sides of my feet. They are very painful and hot to the touch. There's no indication of a skin rash other than the red coloring of the spot. The spots appear overnight and then go away after a couple of days. The spots throb and in the mornings are especially painful to walk on, as the skin feels very tight around them. They are hot to the touch and I am always aware of them. I compare the feeling to having a very bad bruise, that I'm always aware of because it's always throbbing/painful. I went to a foot doctor and after he examined one of the spots, he told me he believed it was gout. I went to a gout doctor and he told me that it was not! I have no idea what to do about them. I get them several times a month and they always range in size and intensity. I can also have more than one on each foot at the same time. Last Summer, on a crazy vacation of constant movement and alcohol, I got the worst "attack" I've had with them. Both of my feet were swollen and I couldn't walk. My feet were basically one giant red spot. It was very painful. By the next day, my feet were back to normal and I just had the "normal" red spots. I haven't had an attack that bad since. I'd love some help figuring this out or at least a point in the right direction.


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Hi Kayla,

I will start off by saying that I cannot tell from the picture what your problem is, but from your narrative it sounds like more than just a skin rash.
Most skin rashes will last a period of days to weeks and will gradually clear. Even though you state that these spots go away in a few days you also mention that they have disappeared in as quickly as a day or so.
Secondly most rashes may itch and be uncomfortable but rarely is there a lot of pain associated with them and they certainly do not become hot.
I agree with the gout doctor that is not gout as gout generally occurs in postmenopausal women and in men, not women of your age.
So what am I thinking?
There is a condition known as vasculitis which essentially means an inflammation of your blood vessels either the arteries which carry blood away from the heart, or veins which return blood back to the heart.
Vasculitis can be caused by a number of issue or can be idiopathic, meaning it just occurs for no real reason. I know nothing about your medical history so I cannot venture a guess as to why or what kind of vasculitis you can have.
This condition can also affect different body organs as well as the skin.
I think your best option would be to see a dermatologist either during an event or at least try and take a very good picture of an episode so that the doctor can get a clear visualization of what your foot looks like.
As I said when I started out, I cannot make this diagnosis from your picture but I think it needs to be ruled out by a local doctor in your area.

Marc Mitnick DPM
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Jun 30, 2017
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Sorry Nicole
by: Marlo

I do not experience that problem only during a flare up.

Jun 28, 2017
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Another One
by: DaCrowz

Started having similar issues.
Last Summer I had a sore bruise-like bump on my leg that I finally got removed by a dermatologist, who said it was a cyst. A few weeks later I had excruciating pain on the sole of one foot to the point where I couldn't even stand. It subsided after a couple hours and started to result in the painful red bumps most people are describing. Forming on sides, soles and tops of feet, and even shifting at times.

Doctors took X Rays and MRI and couldn't determine anything. Was going to have them removed surgically but we decided in the operating waiting room to wait since the procedure carries risks (foot area is difficult to operate on) and the bumps were feeling better. I took Prednisone and Celecoxib. Not sure either helped, but the bumps did eventually go away.

Fast forward a year and another bump has formed on the outer side of my foot, again in the Summer. It is painful to touch, hard, and red. Doctor took X Rays. Nothing, but we assume it's a cyst. He prescribed the same pills. Prednisone did nothing, and the place got worse while I was taking that. I took the Celecoxib and it helps the pain at least. Without it I can hardly move around.

I'm going to a new doctor Monday to get another opinion. I'm going to casually mention some of the diagnoses mentioned on here too. Hopefully I'll learn something Monday, but I'm glad to know other people are having the same problem. (Well, not glad, but it's a relief.)

For what it's worth, I also have a tendency to walk on the outsides of my feet. I had some inserts made for my shoes to help correct this and didn't have any problems with this while wearing those. I stopped wearing them a couple months ago. So I don't know if that is contributing.

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The best way to know exactly what these growths are is to have a biopsy. You could start with what is known as a dry tap biopsy, where a needle is inserted into the growth and then the needle is aspirated. Whatever ends up in the syringe is then sent out to the laboratory for analysis.
This is the least traumatic way to biopsy a growth and probably is something you would want to have done before you consider surgical removal, because you may find, surgery is not the answer, depending on what type of growth you have.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 28, 2017
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Apologies if this is a duplicate post...
by: Nicole

The only thing that works for me (and by "works", I mean that it helps a little bit for a little while) is ibuprofen. I got back from vacation last night where there had been a heat wave, and I'd suffered through a 2-week long flare up.

I did some more research (you really have to dig deep with this stuff, since our problem seems to be extremely rare) and found something called recurrent idiopathic palmoplantar hidradenitis. I'm not sure if that's what I have, but it seems to fit the description, and it's triggered by heat.

Does anyone else's feet ache, burn, and get extremely hot to the touch on a regular basis, even in the absence of an active flare-up?

I've asked my doctor if I could try colchicine, which is an anti-gout medication that may provide some pain relief for palmoplantar hidradenitis. Has anyone tried this? I will be getting the prescription soon and will be traveling to many hot places this summer. I will keep you guys updated on whether it works!

Jun 16, 2017
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What seems to help a little bit
by: Marlo

I have noticed that if I use an Ice pack it helps some to just put them on top of it for as long as you can stand it, it helps numb them for a bit and Ibuprofen 1000mg

Jun 10, 2017
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This is my second flare up in 2 years
by: Kristen

I am so happy that I found this thread! I'm experiencing my second flare up on both of my feet. A year ago I started experiencing Plantar fasciitis and shortly after that I noticed red spots all over my feet. They were so painful I was limping everywhere I went. This time those same spots are back and it seems like they are in the same places as they were the first time because I'm limping the same way as I was last year.

The spots are so painful to the touch and come on after my feet get very got and feel like they're on fire. I can feel them coming on and so far it's lasted for 3-4 days. I can't put any pressure.

This time around it flared up after walking around the zoo with my son. Hopefully it will clear up soon so I can return to normal life.

Any remedies that y'all have found useful?

May 09, 2017
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My latest test results
by: Marlo

Ok good morning everyone.
I had tested positive for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and finished a 3wk course of doxycycline so fingers crossed that the feet flares will now stop. Hope this helps some of you and other than feet flares with extra joint pain that really was my only other symptoms for years.

Apr 23, 2017
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Perniosis
by: Nicole

Hello everyone,

I deleted the Facebook page, because I wasn't getting a lot of response (also I am horrible at social media and never quite learned how to use it).

Last week, I got a diagnosis of Perniosis from a dermatologist. This could be what's affecting some of the other people on this forum. It took over 10 years and seeing almost a dozen doctors to get a diagnosis, and while there's no cure and nothing I can really do about it, it's nice to finally know what it is. Good luck to everyone and let me know if there's anything I can do to help!

Apr 19, 2017
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Holy moly
by: Eric

I've had exactly what you've discribed for years and I never knew what it was. I think it was somehow connected to eating sugar and walking a lot , especially in sandles. If you know any cures please share.

Apr 17, 2017
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Getting to the Facebook page
by: Nicole

Hi - if your daughter types "Painful, red spots on feet" into the Facebook search bar at the top of the page, she should be able to find it that way as well.

Apr 13, 2017
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Nicole can not find FB page
by: Anonymous

My daughter cant find your facebook page and wants to join and share about painful red spots on soles of her feet too. Thanks

Apr 13, 2017
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Feet flares of red spots on soles of feet that hurt so bad I can't stand on them!
by: Marlo

I am a 34yr old female with what I call feet flares for last aprox 4 yrs now and have gone to many doctors,specialist with no accurate working solution.I have tried every treatment that any and all doctors has given me.Still on a 3wk twice a day doxcylien course for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Was hopeful, until I had another flare yesterday doc Sent me for xray and that came back ok she was wanting to see if there was any arthritis. At a complete loss. Steroid injection does help some. But what's causing it, and how to make it stop? I am already disabled with MS.I am a single sole parent of an 8yr old boy whom I teach online homeschooling with and can't be down like this.

Mar 25, 2017
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Exactly same
by: Anonymous

Hi Kayla,

I am stoked to have found others that have the same thing as me. You ask in one of your posts if anyone suffers from other symptoms. I get the sore spots on the soles of my feet (which you describe perfectly ie. feels like bruising) as well as the palms of my hands. I get hives, welts and rashes all over. The welts burn when they appear on my scalp, but elsewhere they itch. I also get aching muscles and joints, swelling and oedema in various parts of my body, tingling of lips and inside of the mouth, heartburn and a general feeling of rubbish. I've been suffering from this since November last year and have no idea what the cause is. I have an appointment with an immunologist next month, but I don't hold out any hope of getting a formal diagnosis. I have been taking Prednisone since December and if I miss a dose, my symptoms come crashing down on me like there's no tomorrow. Antihistamines do absolutely nothing.

Mar 16, 2017
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Facebook page where we can share photos
by: Nicole

I just created this page so we can chat and share photos more easily:

facebook.com/painfulredspotsonfeet

I'm not very tech-savvy, so let me know if you have any issues getting in or finding it.

Mar 10, 2017
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Thank you for your posts
by: Nicole

Thanks to everyone for your recent posts - I feel horrible saying this, it's nice to know that there are others out there who understand (when no one else does!). I just had a flare-up on one foot when I went to Iceland last week. I think constantly going between the cold outdoors and the hot indoors, along with wearing hot snow boots, overwhelmed my feet. I haven't had a flare since last summer, and I'd forgotten how painful and debilitating it is. I wore sandals the entire time I was on the plane on the way home. I just wish we had a way to share and post photos...

Mar 07, 2017
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Yes! Sores on feet!
by: Tripmom

Hi! I have dealt with this problem for 13 years. I am a 38 year old female. It started initially on a trip to California. On the plane my feet in tennis shoes got extremely hot (now I travel in slip ons without socks). Then as I walked around on vacation the sores showed up and got worse a ended up not able to walk. The sores are deep, red, on the heels, sides of heels, balls of feet. When they first flare they are hot, sore, and itch. It feels like I'm walking on stones. They also get extra hot and irritated in bed at night. Ice feels good, but I'm not sure it helps them go away. Walking barefoot on hot ground (like hot sand beach) will definitely make them show up. I usually get them when I go to warm climates for spring break or the beginning of summer. Then it's as if my feet get used to the heat again and don't flare the rest of the summer unless I stress them with too much walking or something. I can't lay in the sun with my feet bottoms up or I'll get them. I try to cover with a light cloth. After a few days they start to flatten and spread with sometimes a white center. That's when the pain starts to relieve, but the itching gets worse. Dermatologists thought it was hives. I do get them on my hands from stress (like using a screwdriver too much) or heat (like oops, dish water was too hot). But the hands are more rare than the feet. My naturopathic doctor said it was build up of estrogen from my taxed liver. However nothing I do in 13 years seems to make it stop. My diet change (gluten, dairy, yeast, peanut free) has made the sores less frequent and not as many sores in a flare up, but I just returned from a weekend in Florida, worked yesterday, and got groceries today - returned home with a sore today on my heel just before the arch. There is definitely a combination of heat & stress that does it. I am currently going to a rheumatologist and waiting for blood test results. I also have severe dry eyes and achy legs often. My hips and knees hurt a lot. I can no longer run, and walking has become too painful most days too.

Feb 18, 2017
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Similar Symptoms
by: Hayden (22 Y/O Male)

First of all, thank you so much for creating this thread Kayla. Before the holidays last year, I woke up one morning and as soon as I got out of bed my feet were in severe pain. The pain was so severe that I wanted to cry, but as I walked around it became more manageable. I had no clue what was going on, and it lasted for several days. Several days later, I experienced very painful joint inflammation in my thumbs, one knuckle, knees, and ankles. All of these areas became inflamed at separate times, though. My mother has rheumatoid arthritis, so I panicked thinking that was what I had. I went to my doctor and she preformed blood work. My rheumatoid factor came back negative, but my inflammation level (I cannot remember the specific name) was 26. The normal range is 14 and below. I was given a steroid shot and a prescription for Prednisone and afterwards I felt so much better. Now, though, I am left with these mysterious lumps on my feet. At first, they were hot to the touch, but now they are not. They are painful, but the pain is a fraction of what I first experienced. They are located on the heel of my feet, near my ankles, and on the top center of my feet. Right now I have a lump on the top of each foot. Once they "heal", a purple bruise will be left in its place, and overnight a new lump will appear. You can clearly feel a lump under my skin. I randomly experience joint pain, but it is so minute compared to when I first had symptoms. I have also never experienced fatigue or a fever either. During my first episode, I had a red lump appear on the left side of my right knee. It eventually went away, but left a bruise as well. I have watched many YouTube videos of young people with rheumatoid arthritis, and after reading this thread, I feel that I don't have R.A. I would love to visit a different doctor regarding this, but I have an insurance plan with a $3,000 deductible. Being a recent college graduate, I do not have much expendable income. Has anyone else reading this thread experienced similar joint pain and inflammation along with these mysterious lumps on the feet?

Jan 14, 2017
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Responding to Brandy and Pam
by: Nicole

Thank you very much to Brandy for the information. I'm seeing a dermatologist later this month, and will bring up Erythema Nodostrum and the drugs that treat it. It would be great to be able to take something when it flares up. Otherwise, like you said, it's waiting out the 3-5 days (or more, if there's more than one flare-up) that it takes to get back to normal.

Pam K - I was diagnosed with arthritis in my spine a few years ago - a bit unusual for someone in their early/mid 30s, but not completely unheard of. Joint pain is part of my daily life now, mainly in my back and hips. It may be partly because of my lifestyle - I bike a lot and probably need to stretch more. I also have several food allergies that started in the last decade...no idea if this stuff is connected to my feet.

Jan 14, 2017
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Red painful foot spots
by: jrt

I got my first red spot that is exactly as described by the first post last fall and they lasted their course of 3mos. the next year I got them again. Autoimmune deficient and Systemic in nature is my guess. Fatty liver? Something is causing drainage that the blood must detox and heal. Try not to take meds that put the liver under stress. Using oils and massage works the best. And get rest.

Jan 07, 2017
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Over a year later
by: Pam K

I posted on this board back in Nov 2016 when my flare up began. I am wondering if anyone has developed any other symptoms? Any inflammation in joints ( hands or knees...etc)? Any history of allergies?

The reason I ask.. is that since my last post, my symptoms have turned into chronic hives. I started out on high doses of prednozone along with allergy medicine. The hives would come back immediately after the medicine would wear off. I have been off the predizone for some time now..but still take high doses of allergy medicine, and still get hives daily. I also get pressure hives...mostly on my feet from heels or walking in tight shoes. My entire foot will get inflamed, hot, red and sore. I also get pressure hives if something is too tight on my skin.

I see an allergy dr, hemotologist, and have been tested for many different things. Thankfully all of my labs so far have been ok. My allergy doctor initially diagnosed me with serum sickness because a lot of my trouble started after taking Augmentin upper respiratory infection back in October 2016. Dec 2016, he also said that I tested positive for a recent Epstein-Barr infection. As the months and weeks went on I continue to get hives everyday some days worse than others. I am much better than I was a year ago, but I still get hives daily . I still have problems with my feet with the same red spots that is the topic of this post. The redness also comes with swelling at times I get hives on my hands inside my Palms and even hard knots in my scalp. I also have hives on the rest of my body, including my knees. Sometimes my face will swell up my lips and eyelids if I put too much pressure on them from sleeping.

Another girl had mentioned in one of the posts that she had swam as a young girl in a lake and thought she was maybe exposed to some toxic chemicals. I have wondered the same thing. I lived in an apartment building in Ohio about 18 years ago...and that is the same place I lived when i had my first experience with foot inflammation, redness. (I talked about this in my first post back in nov 2016) One of our friends who also lived in the same building has also developed chronic hives. In addition my father-in-law worked for the Department of Energy at a nuclear power plant and was exposed to all sorts of toxoc chemicals. He lived with us for almost a year and passed away just before my most recent symptoms developed.I was his main caretaker. My husband also worked at the same nuclear plant.



Jan 07, 2017
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Erythema Nodostrum
by: Brandy W.

I was the one with the diagnosis of Erythema Nodostrum. It has never been anywhere except on my feet. It is normally in my arch, the inner sides of my foot, someone in my tire and ball of foot, and occasionally on the heel of my foot. They get red to begin with, then get very red and seen to get tight and swollen and painful to touch. If I take Tylenol, it takes like 3-5 days to return to normal, but with Celebrex (now available in generic) or Mobic, I take one and it is almost completely gone the next day and I can walk no problem.

My diagnosis came from my dermatologist who actually saw mine first hand and determined that is what it was.

I hope this helps.

Brandy

Jan 04, 2017
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Hot feet that progress into a flare-up
by: Nicole

I’ve had the same issue for 13 years. I’ve seen a dozen doctors and have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, athlete’s foot, gout, vasculitis…

My feet tend to get extremely hot while walking (it doesn’t take much - usually less than one mile) or standing. Having hot feet for too long – for example, being unable to take off my shoes and socks - seems to cause a flare-up, so I often wear sandals, even if it’s cool outside. Hot weather and humidity also seems to make a flare-up more likely. It sometimes also happens on my fingers, but is smaller and less of an issue than when it happens on my feet. It often occurs on both feet at the same time.

It progresses like this: I feel tingly, sore sensations in the evening, then wake up in the morning with severe pain and hot, red areas on the bottom of my feet. I can’t put pressure on the affected foot and feel a combination of achiness, burning pain, throbbing pain and shooting or sharp pain. The skin feels hot, tight and is red, but otherwise, there are no lesions or raised bumps. Sometimes I can see that my veins are inflamed under my skin. I can’t walk until I take some Advil, and then it’s limping around for the rest of the day on a very painful foot/feet. I can’t take part in my normal activities. For example, I can barely walk a block, let alone a mile. If I go to a museum, I have to sit in a wheelchair because the pain is too much.

I live in San Francisco, which is very cool most of the time, and I think this helps a lot. I’ve also adjusted my lifestyle so that I don’t have to be on my feet or walk much. I generally only have flare-ups when I go to a hot/humid place (which has resulted in several painful vacations over the last several years). I miss walking and wish I could do more of it.

The first time I ever experienced this, I was 21 and had been swimming in the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. I often wonder if I was exposed to some kind of chemical or toxin in the water that could be causing a long-term issue.

I’m glad I’m not alone, but I am seriously surprised that this is such a medical "mystery".

Nov 14, 2016
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Same thing!
by: Anonymous

So glad to read others have this same problem! Mine looks exactly like your picture. Sometimes they're just annoying and sometimes they are so hot/painful/throbbing that it hurts to even have the sheets touch them! I hope if anyone gets diagnosed, they will share. I have been to so many doctors and spent so much money on trying to figure it out and none ever know the answer! I ready Erythema Nodostrum(nodosum) is what someone was diagnosed with, but they said that is most commonly under the knees. My spots are always on my heel, either right underneath or on the outsides.

Aug 15, 2016
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I think I have the same red spots
by: JJ

Can people post pictures of their spots to see if they look the same.

Aug 12, 2016
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Painful like a stinging
by: Katherine

I get the same thing Kayla. I thought it was diabetic nerve pain but later found out its not. I get them random and last for a few days. I would soak it in hot water with eptson salt and will help but the pain hurts so bad. I don't know what brings them in on. I would wake up with it and can't walk on it for days. I have seen Dr after Dr and no one seams to know. I also do have anemia very bad so not sure if that is it either. They are hot to the touch and even hurts if my sheet touches it.

Jul 17, 2016
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Red painful splotches solved
by: Brandy W

Erythema Nodostrum(nodosum). I went to a dermatologist on Thursday, July 15, 2016.

Finally have a diagnosis that makes sense.

I do know from first hand experience that Celebrex or Mobic make it go away and prevents it from coming back.

I hope this helps.

Jul 08, 2016
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I have them too!!
by: Anonymous

I am rubbing that same red sore spot on my feet as I read these comments now! Good to know i am not alone. I got very concerned about this condition. I started having them 3-4 years ago, mostly only in the summer. Sometimes i can get 2 attacks within a week on different foot. I don't drink, never been on birth control, no allergy that i know of.
I went to see a specialist, he suggested it might be inflammation of my sweat glands.
Mine lasts from a week to two. I only have them on the sides and the bottom center of my feet. If i rub/massage it while enduring the pain, the next day, the center of that spot will move/spread to nearby area.

Jun 22, 2016
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Red spots
by: Anonymous

I did have about three to four months ago an episode when for no reason at all I woke up with a big red spot in my right foot covering the big foot and going all way to the middle of and the same red spot in my left big toe. I went to see my Physician and she said "I do not know what it is". Then I went to see a Podiatry Doctor and he also did not know what it was.
The red spots by now has turned dark color brown and still there. Never hurt, just big spots.
Here I am, after eight months I do not know what it is.
The Doctors they do not know either. I am 85yrs young, those two Doctors never suggested I may have gout.
Do I need to live not known what it is?
Any suggestion?

Jun 22, 2016
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Original Poster
by: Kayla

I get them in the winter & summer! I can feel them coming on about 24hours ahead of time and then the next day they set in & are very painful. I've found that taking an ibuprofen beforehand helps them not be as severe. The only thing that's heat related is hot water does sting them.

Jun 21, 2016
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Heat related?
by: Anna

Has anyone noticed any relation between the occurrence of this red spots and heat?

Jun 19, 2016
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So glad to find this thread
by: Anonymous

I have been dealing with this for almost 8 years. I feel that it is some form or hormonal surge or lack of. I asked a doctor one time what they were. Mine are red puffy circles or rings on my hands and foot. He said they were from my birth control. But since I'm not on birth control he said it was probably related to hormones. I'm over it though!! The ones on the arch of my foot are painful! Especially when I get in the shower. They go away sometimes for months then mysteriously return.

May 05, 2016
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found something that helps
by: Kristine

I'm 43. Just got my first red, painful, warm spot on my foot. worried that it was a clot..i'm an RN..we do that. I tried to ignore that...we do that too. So after a week of verying pain at the spot and noticing the tension/stiff part..coincidentally right where you see the vessels on the inside side of the foot(btwn the high arch and ball off my foot)..I thought to try an essential oil blend wondering if it could be an infection(staph makes the skin pink/painful). The oil blend/mixed with coconut carrier oil did help diminish the pain for the day, but nothing else. So the next day I tried oregano oil/mixed with carrier oil..and at the end of the day I noticed a huge reduction in the redness/pain turning to soreness. I repeated it today and tonight there is essentially no redness, just the tension/thickness over the veins/soreness. I'm going to keep at this til its gone. Oregano oil kills germs and congestion in colds...so maybe this is vasculitis, and it can remedy it! :) fyi, I used 2-3 drops of oregano oil mixed with 7-10 drops of a carrier oil..you must dilute the oregano or it will feel hot and tingle=more pain! you can use regular coconut oil, it will just take longer to absorb. I buy Oreganol..trust it..worth the price..a little bottle lasts a long time.

May 04, 2016
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Red spot on feet
by: GML

Dr. Mark Mitnick:
I am the 85yrs younger lady who wrote you a question.
I appreciated your time in answering my question on red spots on my feet.
I did follow your advice and went to see a Podiatry. Guess what? he did not know was is causing those big spots in my feet. They are just red spots and they don't hurt at all.
I am very frustrated, the first Podiatry Dr. that I seeing for different foot problems in this K. clinic was the same. No Interest on helping me. This second Podiatry Dr. is like the first one, did not show any interest in finding out what is the cause of my problem.
You, without knowing me were able to diagnose that probably is blood circulation missing in my feet and is why I get the red spots in both feet.
I do believe that you are correct.
Thanks and may God bless you.

Sincerely,
G. M. L.


May 03, 2016
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Same issue
by: Anonymous

I've had this same issue for at least five years. I get them on my hands and feet, no doctor has yet to find out what the issue is.

Apr 10, 2016
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Same thing!
by: Erin

I'm really glad I found this thread. Has anyone found an answer yet? I am 29 years old and I've had this issue for about 7 years now. I have been to several podiatrists, dermatologists, vascular specialists... I've had biopsys on my foot done and also ultra sounds on my legs and feet to ensure I had no blood clots. The doctors thought it was due to birth control but I have been off of it for well over a year now and the issue still continues. :( some doctors believe I might be allergic to estrogen, but there is no pattern to when these painful spots appear. At times they are so bad I can't even get out of bed! I am at a total loss at this point and doctors just cant seem to figure out what the issue is.. Looking for some sort of answer, if anyone has one! Much appreciated!

Apr 08, 2016
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Red spot on feet
by: Anonymous

Dr Mitnick:
Thanks for your response to my question.
I just made an appointment with a Dermatologist, now that you recommend to go and see a Podiatry I will do that.
Again thanks again.
Gladys M. Lein
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Your welcome, and good luck
Marc Mitnick DPM

Apr 06, 2016
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Big red spots in my feet
by: Anonymous

I am an 85 yrs. young woman who has had five -foot surgeries by four different doctors and had left me handicapped for the last twenty years.
Recently I discover a big red spot in the right foot in the area where I had all the surgeries, it looks like it has grown a lot and it is very painful. I saw my General doctor and she told me that she did not know what it was,by now the red spot has also started in the left big toe. I can't sleep because the weight of the sheets on top of my feet hurts me a lot.I read some of the replies to question a doctor recommends to go and see a Dermatology doctor.
Does anybody had good results going to the Dermatology doctor?
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At 85 years of age, one of the considerations for these sudden red spots that seem to hurt you quite a bit, is the possibility of arterial insufficiency, meaning you are not getting enough blood into your feet. This would be particularly true if they seem worse when your feet are elevated,such as when you are sleeping, as elevation of the feet further diminishes blood flow to your feet.
Without the having the luxury of actually examining you, poor circulation would be my first concern, as it is potentially the most dangerous cause of red spots, particularly if these red spots are at the end of the toes.
For that reason, I would start with a podiatrist, who at the very least, will be able to determine the cause of these spots and either treat them or refer you to the proper specialist.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jan 06, 2016
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Same situation
by: Anonymous

I'm also 23 and have had this problem for several years now without diagnosis. Every once in a while I'll get one on a finger or two, but they mostly show up on my feet. I'll just wake up one morning and can feel them as soon as I put my feet on the ground. It's usually one or two on each foot and they're Hot to the touch, dime to quarter sized red spots. No blisters. And if I touch it, the skin feels tight. Typically I just wear soft socks and shoes with soft insoles for a few days until they go away. I made a few appointments in the past to see a doctor for the problem, but by the time the appointment comes they're gone, seeing as they only last 2-3 days.

Dec 30, 2015
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Same problem
by: Anonymous

So glad I found this thread, it is helpful to know that others also have this problem. I've had it for six years now, I am 32, I enjoy running and find that most times i can run through it. Sometimes I can't, but thankfully most times pain subsides after activity and returns after rest. Just like all of you, spots are red, hot, and itchy. They usually only last a few days, and lately it seems they hop from one foot to another. Not sure if there is a cure for any off us, I have also been misdiagnosed as having a fungal infection. I hope someone can find some answers!

Dec 01, 2015
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Red spots on feet
by: Anonymous

I just took my son in for the same thing. She said it was hand foot and mouth disease. But his spots look nothing like the ones on the website. His look just like yours . Hot spots on his feet. Hurts so bad in the morning but gets easier as he walks around during the day. Morning is so painful. About the size of a dime.
Looks slightly bruised or purplish under red lump also. Hurts to touch.
My gut instinct was that he produces too much acidity of some sort. At 12 years of age, he's palms are sweaty a lot and he get canker sores often.

Nov 20, 2015
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allergic flare ups or hives?
by: Pam K

I have the same problem now with both of my feet, and other areas on my skin. It has only happened once before almost 18 years ago, one summer when i was in my 20's. My feet would get sore, red splotches, irritated, hot,itchy and throb. Mostly on and around my heel area and both sides of my feet near my heels. It also happened on the bottom of my feet...which was too painful to walk. Other parts of my body would get inflamed similar to my feet, but not quite as as bad (elbows, knees fingers, legs or anywhere on my skin. Sometimes as hives) I went to podiatrist, everything was fine with bones, sent me to dr to get tested for lupus. Negative for lupus. That dr sent me to get checked out for rheumatoid arthritis. That was also negative. Arthritis dr. sent me to allergy doctor. I used to get allergy shots as a child, but out grew them. They performed a panel of tests. I was allergic to several things. Not to be gross...but i was EXTREMELY allergic to cock roaches. He put me on allegra...and it cleared up the problem. I stopped the allergy medicine once I felt better and would take it as needed. I have not had a problem until now...18 years later. I have taken claratin for 2 days now. And seem to be getting better. I will take allegra tomorrow for a few days. I will follow up with dr if things are not better soon. If you have not seen an allergy dr, it may not hurt to see one. If my husband touches something where a roach has been, his hands immediately swell and ache, similar to my feet.

Nov 15, 2015
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Please Help
by: Anonymous

Hi
I suffer with the same problem. First thought it was a fungal problem due to wearing steel toe boots 14 hours a day. Sent lots of cash on best boots and more than one pair to alternate. Creams, sprays etc. Nothing helps and no doc so far knows what to do. I work 14hour days on my feat and some days are unbearable.
if anyone have had success in finding a cure please post.

Oct 10, 2015
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Original Poster
by: Kayla

I am the original poster of this and I still suffer regularly from this issue. Like others said, it's worse after walking long distances/being on my feet a lot. Ibuprofen does seem to help. I'm interested if anyone else has learned anymore about this.

Aug 28, 2015
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Woke up with the same indicators 2 days ago
by: Freida

I found this page after researching the same issues with my foot. I woke up 2 days ago with a some pain in my right foot. I noticed last night that the pain is intensifying and I have a small red spot that's very hot to the touch. This is the first time that anything like this has happened to me and I'm 42. Wondering if anyone else has found out any more information on their condition. I have taken ibuprofen, as suggest by one comment, but that has not helped. Mine feels like it goes deep into the tissue and its hurt even when iced down. I appreciate any feedback on this.

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same problem here, with no diagnosis
by: Anna

I have the same problem for years and no doctor was able to diagnose it yet. And I went to dermatologists (I understand that is not dermatological problem), orthopedists and rheumatologists. The episodes can occur several times per month, at one foot or both, and it's frustrating not being able to walk, go to work etc. During the episodes the affected area is very painful and hot, they seem to appear after walking longer distances and apparently more often during summer. Usually the pain and the red spots go away in a few days, a little faster with anti-inflammatory pills. I could really use some help so if you've managed to find out more information please share. Thanks

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Next time you have an episode, go see a podiatrist and ask he or she to biopsy one of the spots, That is the only way to know exactly what it is.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jan 05, 2015
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Almost 8 years
by: Emily

I've been getting the same red and painful spots on the sides and bottoms of my feet foor almost 8 years. Usually after I've done a lot of walking. They disappear as quickly as the appear....

Nov 12, 2014
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Red spots
by: Anonymous

Same thing here....since my early 20s now 49 years old. Often have this in my hands as well. I take some ibuprofen and it goes away within the hour....I will check out this syndrome this...thanks

Apr 15, 2014
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Daughter with same thing
by: Linda Wise

My daughter has had these episodes for 2 years and we still have no answer. Today she woke up with the spot on both feet and can hardly walk. She's been tested 3 times for uric acid levels and all three times the tests come out negative. We've seen a podiatrist and her pediatrician with no help. If you find out anything please share. I also have pictures of her feet when they swell.

Jan 10, 2014
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sore spots
by: Anonymous

check out Chilblains symptoms I have the same thing! VERY painfull spots same spots. this is the closest I found for an answer

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