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RED SWOLLEN PAINFUL TOES

by gina
(salinas, california)

Hello! I'm a 34 year old female in fairly good health. About a week ago i started to experience pain in my toes. I figured it was from the cold. My husband and I decided not to have the heater on this season so we can save money on our electric bill. It's not so bad since we live her in California, but it's still cold nontheless. About 2 days ago I my toes started to get red, swollen and tender. The pain increases when I apply pressure. If my feet get too warm my toes turn bright red. I am not sure what is causing this. Any suggestions?


Thank you,

Gina

Hi Gina,
If it is cold and possibly damp where you live then the discoloration may be due to the weather and is a harmless situation.
Having said that, the discoloration may be due to other factors, so your best bet would be to see a podiatrist and let he or she determine whether or not your discoloration needs further treatment.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jan 11, 2017
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cure for red swollen toes
by: Craig

I am not taking credit for a cure!! I am thanking the person for enlighting me to Clotrimazole cream!!! Found in Lotrimin at Wal-mart! I have had this condition for several decades, I have always worked construction in the cold weather!! Dr. have said raynards diasese which it still may be. But I've never found any relief till now!! I put a coating on my infected toes every morning and wear wool socks! Right now it keeps it in check! THANK YOU!!!!!!

May 29, 2016
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Erythromelalgia do you have it?
by: Anonymous

Look up Erythromelalgia. After 3 podiatrist,one orthopedic surgeon,my GP and brilliant neurologist I thought I'd never find the answer to my red toes that went from just being red to now very swollen and painful.
My dermatologist that i saw for yearly checkup noticed the big red toes, wrote down Erythromelalgia. I looked it up as she suggested and bam. i then remember the time the soles of my feet looked pink in the bath. How hot showers make them worse. How for yrs after exercise my toes would be red.
Anyway it a rare disease but I think its rare because like all you who can't get a diagnosis its RARE that a doctor has heard of this disorder.
Well I matched every symptom . The treatment is complicated but I feel such relief in finally knowing whats wrong but yet very sad that there is no cure.
More seriously for a very very small percentage of sufferers its
the first sign of a very serious illness and so for that reason please check this out.

Apr 09, 2016
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chillblain
by: Vijay

I found this discussion very useful and Thanks everyone who pointed it out at chillblain. I was thinking it was gout and taking extra medication now with good lotion iam gettting better.

Mar 20, 2016
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It could be athletes foot
by: Anonymous

I've had a very sore toe for a couple of years which got worse in winter. This year it was much worse so after trying everything else I finally thought it might be athletes foot, some types of which are a fungus which grows under the nails. I went to the chemist and he recommended Canesten cream (Clotrimazole). Marvellous - worked a treat. Within two weeks it cleared up and my tootsies are very happy.

Feb 13, 2016
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Red toes
by: Anonymous

My vascular Doctor says I have small veins and to wear socks in the winter and keep my feet warm. This does help, but not always. Sometimes I use HOthands Toe warmers, found at Home Depot for $1.38 and put on after I put on my socks. I am looking for electric warming shoes to use when I am at home and this does happen in the winter time.

I am not familiar with Hothands Toe Warmers, but if your circulation is compromised at all,even from exposure to cold, you have to be careful when applying heat to your feet. If the heat is too much, in conjunction with reduced blood flow, your toes could begin to ulcerate out. Check with your vascular doctor as to whether or not you should be using this product.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jan 17, 2016
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Red, swollen, painful toes
by: Georgia

I am a 62 y/o woman. I have MS. My right leg has increased spasticity. I have walked with a cane or walker over 5 yrs. I have had three swollen, red toes that are very painful over three years during the winters. I was wearing an ankle brace on my right ankle to keep my foot up but it made the swelling and pain worse. The only diagnosis I have been given by a podiatrist some 6+ yrs. ago after a Doppler sonogram was done, was "small vessel disease".

Apr 24, 2015
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Consider Gout and Diabetes
by: Anonymous

Have your doctors check your uric acid and blood sugar levels. Gout attacks are characterized by red, painful and warm to touch; with medication and diet, gout can be controlled. Diabetes is a good thing to know if you're having it or moving towards it - failure to detect diabetes or follow your treatment plan could result in loss of toes - they will have to be amputated.

Jan 13, 2015
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Toe
by: Anonymous

My 3rd toe on left foot swollen n red on tip n surrounding area

Nov 21, 2014
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Sore Red Toes
by: Marlo

I, too, have this condition and it gets worse as soon as cooler weather comes along which requires socks! I have been reading about gout as it`s in my family, but when I read Anonymous`s letter about gluten, I realized that could be the problem. I already have a gluten intolerance that shows itself in a rash on my arms and hands. I haven`t been `behaving`lately and have been eating gluten products. I wonder if that could be the answer...

May 13, 2014
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Red painful swollen toes
by: Anonymous

I am female 41 and have had swollen red painful toes for about 1 year. Been to podiatrist which sent me to vascular dr. Which sent me to a neurologist. Got different answers from all three but none really knew what was wrong. Lots of tests but no answers. I looked at everything I was doing and started changing things and watching. I kept a log of everything. Excercise,clothing material,food,drink, you name it. When I got to food I eliminated meats, then fruits, vegetables and finally breads. I gave every elimination at least 2weeks. When I went off the breads and baked goods I started clearing up. Looking further I saw many articles about people being allergic to wheat flour or gluten. It is in almost everything. It's similar to celiac disease but not as severe. I eliminated all gluten and toes are normal. Still get a flare up if I take aspirin or presc. Migraine drugs but I otherwise I am better. Hope this helps.

May 04, 2014
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Painful Feet
by: Fran

I experience the same thing and the doctors have no idea or remedy. The one thing that brings instanty relief is .....I know this sounds crazy...
but i keep beaded sox in the freezer and as soon as I put them on my feet the flaming hot pain disappears.

placing my feet in hot water has a negative effect on my problem.

Feb 23, 2014
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Possible remedy
by: Rider169

Chilblains (I think). I found a remedy that has helped big time for this.
I have had a problem with 1 or 2 toes on each foot swelling and getting red and sore in the winter time. This is the 4th year and I am 44 years old. I have poor circulation in my feet and legs. I discovered that this was happening when I would wear long underwear (which was all the time in the winter). Common sense would say to keep legs warm but the tightness of long underwear or tight socks makes this worse. It is February now and this is the coldest winter on record here in MN. I swear by this one. Wear Wind pants instead of long underwear. They are easier to put on and off when going places and are amazingly warm. Also, wear big loose fitting mittens when snowmobiling or outdoor activity. Having poor circulation sucks but don't let it get the best of you. No tight clothing that restricts blood flow! I hope this will help someone else.

Jan 08, 2014
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Reynards/Chilblains
by: Poppy

Hi, i'm 13 years old and ive had bad swollen toes since I was about 10. I went to the doctors about 6 months ago and they said that I had Reynard syndrome, but since then I went a few weeks ago and they said it was chilblains, they rub on my shoes and at the moment it is only one toe. its normally about 3 toes on each foot!!
I would recommend going to your doctor as they can identify the cause.

Dec 20, 2013
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Any remedies?
by: Anonymous

I have the same issue...red swollen, painful toes. It might be chilblains not sure. Anyone have any success with any treatment? It's not extreme pain for me, but some days are worse and it is painful to walk in some shoes. I tried soaking it tonight and didn't seem to help. Any ideas?

Dec 18, 2013
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toe redness and swelling
by: Anonymous

I am 66 and also notice this especially in the winter. I have one toe on my left foot which is a bit longer than the others and it may just be hitting the end of my shoe. Its red, its swollen but there is no pain, no infection, drainage ect. I am type II diabetic and an ER doctor advised me last year to stay off my feet as much as possible for a several days and to keep the foot elevated as much as possible. It did disappear after a few days but I was never given a reason for why it happened or...if it was due to diabetes - an explanation on how to keep it from happeninv

Dec 14, 2013
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Raynaud's Syndrome
by: Wendy

I have been diagnosed with Raynauds syndrome, but lately my toes have been very red and the bottoms of my toes are so sore it feels like I'm walking on razor blades. I get this every winter, but I still go to the doctors every year to get checked.

Oct 22, 2013
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Pain in toes
by: borshki

Wow I thought I was the only one. I have had gout in one toe. The pain is excruciating! Then my entire foot felt like it had gout, swollen and like putting my foot into a grinder... Put me in the hospital. They checked for gout and no uric acid in my body. The pain in my foot started back in July 2013. It's still here without 1 minute of excruitating pain. Now they say it's a cousin to gout. With different crystals caused by the joint itself. CPPD. I'm on Percacets and Torodol. I'm now to get a ct scan to find out more. I've been off of work for 2 months and in no way good enough to go back. Has anyone heard of such a condition? Will it go away? Please help anyone...

Dec 31, 2011
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Red,swollen,painful
by: Tom -Ont.Cdn

Like everyone with these symptoms, I have no received no substantive info. from medical profession to explain or treat condition. Like others, it seems to arise mostly in Winter. Recently I purchases a "toe sox" at my local pharmacy. This little device had a profound impact on all symptoms. Within 24 hours the toe looked virtually normal. I take the sox off at
night just to let the digit breathe but wear it most of the day in Winter. I would recommend this inexpensive "medical" device.

Feb 12, 2011
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Chilblains
by: Anonymous

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilblains

I see a lot of people throwing out Reynaud's around when this is something more common.

Jan 13, 2011
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add me to this list
by: Anonymous

I am 45/female and went to the dr. thinking it was ingrown toenails. She said no, prescribed me some antibiotics and said to soak in epsom salt for a week to see it that helps. I get this quite often, but have noticed this winter it is much worse. I also suffer from Raynauds (circulation disorder) so I wonder if somehow all of this is related. Either way, my toes hurt, are swollen, red and it is painful to walk.

Jan 05, 2011
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me too
by: Anonymous

I'm 32 yrs old and i've had the same problem every winter for 3 winters. Went to the foot doctor and they said it wasn't chillblains. I have no answers...very frustrating & painful.

Dec 21, 2010
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Painful toes
by: Lindsay

I have the exact same problem every winter!! No answer
From doctors at all! Anyone figure out a remedy?

Jan 21, 2010
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red swollen painful toes
by: SMR

I'm a 35 year female I went to the doctor 3 days ago with the same symtoms. He told me that it was very common when your feet are cold all the time, he also told me to try to keep them dry and warm. To wear socks all the time and to change them after comming from outside because they get sweaty and that means wet and cold.

Jun 12, 2009
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Chilblains
by: Anonymous

It's a condition called Chilblains.

Try keeping your feet warm and dry.
Avoid extreme changes in temperate.
Try to do some exercise to warm up your whole body.

Hope this helps! :)

Feb 13, 2009
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Same Symptoms!!!
by: Anonymous

I am 30 years old, in good health and am experiencing exactly the same thing. Have you found any other suggestions or remedies?

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