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hot red toes

toes get hot ,red and burning sensation in the toes

Five years ago I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Sonce then I have been having problems with my toes getting red,hot feeling a burning sensation in the toes. I have had every blood test you can think but cannot find out what the problems is. I tried extra strength tylenol but that doesn't help. So I have been soaking my feet in ice water which does help. Lately though I have noticed my toes are a little bluish in color. Was wondering if you had any idea what the matter could be. Thanks for your help

Hi Diane,
Two thoughts. Some but not all antihypertensive drugs, as a side affect, will cause discoloration in your toes and secondly in situations where there is hypertension, there may also be circulatory problems in the feet and legs. I do not know how old you are or anything else about your medical history, but my best piece of advice would be to mention the discoloration to your doctor and go from there.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Sep 09, 2018
Red toes
by: Mary

I had neuroma surgery on my foot. It has been 4 months and my toes still turn red and warm. It is very uncomfortable. I am so tired of feeling pain and this redness. Can anyone help me? Has anyone got a remedy for this problem?

Thank you
Why not speak to your surgeon about this issue?
Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 13, 2018
Red Hot Toes
by: Nancy

Don't like to worry but can't help it . When I put Socks and shoes on ,when I go to take them off red and hot ! I am a Type 2 diabetic . I had 2 biopsies and all I was told . Foot fungus ! I have tried everything to get rid of this. Had my legs checked out veins are fine !! Help ,driving me nuts!!!

If your blood sugars are controlled, and your circulation is adequate, then aside from the annoying nature of fungus, you do not have too much to worry about.
Fungus thrive in dark moist environments and in most of the cases I see, the "foot" environment has to be changed, otherwise, you can use antifungal creams til the cows come home and you will never get rid of the fungus.
Wash your feet daily in tea tree oil soap as it has antifungal properties. If your feet perspire a lot there are topical medications you can use to cut down on the moisture.
Speak to your doctor about a "foot protocol" to control the fungus.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Apr 21, 2018
Response to red swollen toes
by: Elizabeth

My son presented with red, swollen toes that also turned blue at times. It was during winter and the urgent care doctor was convinced that he had classic frostbite even though he had been sick on the couch for a few days and not outside. Months later, after a new symptom of pain in the buttocks appeared and a weird gait when he walked, we finally found out that he in fact had psoriatic arthritis in his spine. Psoriatic arthritis can present as sausage fingers or toes and doesn't always involve the spine. He is 20 now and has been doing great since taking Enbrel. I hope this helps give others at least another direction to look in if a diagnosis can't be found. One note, and HLA-B27 bloodtest was the first indication that he might have arthritis and SI joint X-rays followed by an MRI confirmed it. We took him to Duke Children's Rgeumatology and the doctors have been amazing! Hope this helps someone!

Apr 21, 2016
Toes Pain
by: Stephy

Just want an answer to my problem. A year ago my toes started to swell. I have no serious issues. I am a smoker , no drinking. I experienced swelling in toes on both feet but the left foot the 2nd,3rd and 4th toes swell like sausages. The fries are hot feeling and tips turn red. This happens when feet warm and if I elevate long enough symptoms subside. Slit if pain doc ruled out gout, seen a blood Doctor do have polycythemia , use baby aspirin daily, and blood work showed no abnormalities other than poly. Doc is unsure and so am I right now treatment is for erythro and the Gabepentin isn't working .

I would not necessarily rule out polycythema as the source of your toes swelling and turning red, especially combined with the fact that you are a smoker.
My suggestion would be to confer with a vascular specialist and have your circulation checked.
Gabapentin is generally for neurological pain so I am not sure it is the best choice for the pain you are experiencing.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Feb 19, 2016
by: Anonymous

Read about Raynauds syndrome or phenomenon. My toes have done this for years and finally last year a Rheumatologist diagnosed me.

Dec 25, 2015
Hot burning toes
by: Anonymous

Did anyone get any real answers? I also am looking for answers.

Dec 03, 2015
Heated Toes
by: Anonymous

I used to travel south and this would happen to me. It doesn't happen to me up North. I think it's pure and simple the heat.

Aug 08, 2015
Not a freak
by: Anonymous

thought i was a freak too till i chanced 'red hot toes' in various search engines & got gazillion links'
you must have too
problem now is which to choose

happy hunting

Mar 04, 2014
Bright red toe burns
by: Anonymous

Four months after comminuted fracture of great toe it still turns bright red and burns at the end of long day in a closed, hot shoe, or when it is exposed to temperature extremes like pool to hot tub. The red clears with elecation and massage pretty quickly.
What is it? Is this common?

Mar 01, 2013
by: Anonymous

I have this really painfull burning feeling on my left little toe, hard to walk in shoes. It burns so bad I can not walk at times. I have been diagnoised to have neuropathy but it is getting worst. At times my feet are cold then a burning sensation comes and my little toe burns really bad. My right foot nothing. The tips of my left toes look black and blue at times. Hard to put on a sock at times also

Nov 10, 2012
by: Anonymous

I'm 66 years old, female. My toe's turn red and feel very hot, this does not hurt but is very uncomfortable. Next thing i know they turn purple and ice cold. M doc said it is because of menopause, this i dont believe since i left that behind many years ago, i had cervical cancer and after surgery went in to instant menopause. I was 46 years old then and so i can't believe after so many years this come back. My sweating has changed too, i never sweat much but now i wake up and my clothes and bedding are wet from so much sweating. What is this ?? i don't mind getting old but this is no fun every day you can do less and everything takes longer.

I cannot tell you exactly why you are having such symptoms as I do not have the luxury of examining you and taking a more complete history.
However, some things you should be aware of and have explored by your own doctor would include, the circulation to your feet. People with heart disease that require a stent generally have poor circulation into their feet (many but not all people) as there is a correlation between the two. Secondly, you have to look at some of your medications particularly the blood pressure medications, some of which will cause discoloration in the feet.
Your thyroid should be investigated as that too may end up causing discoloration in your feet as well as perhaps the night sweats that you are experiencing.
Even though you are way past menopause and have a history of cervical cancer, hormones may still be in play here.
So, as you can see, in order to figure out what is causing your problem, you will need a more thorough investigation by your doctor.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 03, 2012
hot toes
by: denise

I also have hot toes. Just my toes. Nothing else on my body is hot or even warm. They also appear red and swollen. Came here looking for some answers. (my doctor likes me to do my own research before bothering him.) I would' t call it a burning sensation however--just hot and uncomfortable. My boyfriend sarcastically told me to put them on ice and it really does help--although inconvenient. Since they are swollen I would wonder if it has to do with too much sodium. Would love an answer.

Jan 25, 2012
Red, Bluish, Burning, Swollen Toes
by: Shelby

I have had this condition of red,bluish,burning and swollen toes only twice. The red marks on my toes and in between my toes look like burns. It seems to get worse when I eat acidic foods, tomatoes being the worst culprit along with oranges. Fibre foods and vegetables seem to help it, but I have no idea what caused it. I am a vegan, and eat very healthy. I am 54 years of age, 5 ft 6 in about 110 lbs. My life style is surrounded by high stress levels, which this condition seems to get worse during these times. I have always had poor circulation but becoming a vegan has helped. Keeping my feet cool also helps but walking and standing only make it worse not better. I am presently having this issue as I write this note. Just when I think I have it under control, it comes back. I am stumped with this condition.

Jan 13, 2012
Burning Toes
by: Lisa

I have burning toes, but not sure if it's because I had bonespur surgery on the big and 2nd toe on same foot 3 months ago. It's very hard to wear a closed shoe unless it's super loose in the toebox, otherwise it gets constricted and burns like heck. Have some numbness underneath toes as well. 2nd toe must be healing slow, still blueish but podiatrist says it looks ok. Entire surface of underside of big toe burns in a shoe too, especially at the end of the day. I'm only 42, and healthy. Why is it taking so long to get by toes better? Going to a neurologist next week, praying it's not crps. I am praying it's just part of the healing process but I'd like to submerse my foot in ice water about now. Luckily it doesn't keep me up at night since I'm off my foot and not wearing shoes in bed. sometimes it's like a cold burning sensation, always when my foot is in a shoe, no matter how loose it is. Gets red/purplish at end of day. Bluish in the morning. Rest of foot is fine.

Jan 10, 2011
Warm toes/tingle
by: JohnF

My left foot toes are warmer and redder than those corresponding toes on the right foot. I feel the minor tingle/burn sensation on the two toes nearest my big toe. I can measure the temperature difference with a thermometer - about 3 degrees F. Have you any ideas what might cause this? Thanks.

Oct 15, 2010
Red Hot
by: James

I have had hot toes for several days now, and am getting worried as to why thi is happening, I am 43 years old no one seems to know the cause. Diabetes and blood pressure has been ruled out. Any know what could be causing this.

Jan 05, 2010
by: Anonymous

My toes & finger tips get warm at times,I have been told I am a borer-line sugar test range is 140,could this warmness in my toes and end of my fingers be related to when my sugar is high?

Apr 03, 2009
Red toes
by: Carol

I too have red, hot toes, but my vasular surgeon has said it is Raynaud's disease, when he put my feet in cold water there was no pulse in my toes, therefore has to be Raynaud's but from all Literature I've read Raynaud's makes your toes cold..not mine, they feel hot distended and when I touch them it goes white..I am not on hypertension that rules that out.. I am fine all day but after I've been in bed for a few hours and get up, they are red, sore and hot..I'm a freak I guess..I have told every Doctor I've been to..

Oct 08, 2008
by: Anonymous

hi i have had both feet red burning toes for the last year , my dr can not tell me so far whats wrong. i,am a young 68 year old female i also walk five miles a day. help please my e- mail is down so if you have a answer please post on this site. GOD BLESS GENNY

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