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Swollen Red Toes
by Tammy B.
Four days ago my two toes starting to get red. I had not bumped them, cut them, nor anything else I could remember. By the next day they looked red (almost purple) and swollen. The do not itch. The bottom of the foot and toes are normal. (see picture attached) I went to my family doctor and he could not tell me what it is. No bite marks are apparent. He gave me Amoxicillin (antibiotic) to treat. It has been two days and, though not getting worse, doesn't look like it's getting any better. It is still hard to put any pressure on it to walk. I have not yet tried shoes. Would you have any idea of what this could be?
More than likely you may have had a split in the skin, in between the second and third toes which then got infected. If that is the case and this is an infection then amoxicillin may not be your best drug. I would suggest you see a podiatrist or even a dermatologist as they would be better equipped to handle this problem.
Marc Mitnick DPM