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I have dark purple spots on my toes. Can anyone help me determine why?

Posted by toes14

My Symptoms: For the past two years, on and off, there are certain points throughout the year (typically in the winter) that my toes get dark purple splotches on them.  Sometimes they get very swollen (to the point where I can't even wear normal shoes - I can only wear my crocs), they get very uncomfortable and irritated, and blood seems to pool at certain parts of my toes.  Sometimes the splotches appear on the sides of my toes, at the tips, on the tops... it really varies.  It almost looks like I have large blisters all over my toes, but they're not actually blisters.  Right now, my feet aren't swollen, but I do have dark purple spots on some of my toes on both feet.  The spots are really sensitive to the touch, but if my feet get too hot or too cold they become uncomfortable and irritated. 

About Myself: I'm 28 years old.  I'm 5'3" and 120 pounds.  I'm exercise frequently and eat very healthy - organic and all-natural foods, lots of fruits and veggies, but I don't eat meat... I eat fish and other seafood.  I've often wondered if anemia ever causes symptoms similar to mine?

Previous Medical Findings: The blood work I had done showed that I don't have diabetes, lupus, or anything else.  All my blood work came back negative.  

What could this be?  I'm anxious to find a solution.  Any help is much appreciated!

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My daughter is experiencing the same thing. She's 15 and for the past few weeks she's had purple splotches on her toes with swelling. They bruise easily as well. She can't wear shoes for very long. We have no idea what's going on, and her doctor is stumped. She thinks it might be a circulatory issue, so my dd has an appointment with a vascular surgeon soon. Did you ever find out what's going on? What's interesting is that my dd also eats very, very well- lots of fruits and veggies, and she exercises regularly. She's typically a very heathy young lady.
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