Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps

158 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Noticed swelling and discoloration on foot. Reason?

Answered by
Dr. Rakhi Tayal


Practicing since :2001

Answered : 13009 Questions

Posted on Wed, 2 Jan 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: The outter side of my left foot has been swollen for over a week and has now turned purple.
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 3 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The swelling on your foot seems to be due to an inflammation in the area. Since there is no history of injury, other causes that need to be ruled out are cellulitis, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, arthritis, high altitude, high salt intake and any blood clot in the veins causing DVT.
A physician consultation is recommended for proper evaluation.
You can follow these lifestyle measures to alleviate the symptoms:
1) Increase muscle activity with walking, avoid standing in place for long periods of time and avoid sitting with the feet dependent.
2) Limit salt intake and stop taking any laxatives (if you are taking them).
3) Elevate the legs when sitting and wear leg wedges while sleeping, support socks and proper fitting shoes and socks.
4) Keep your fluid intake adequate by taking plenty of fluids.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,   ,  

Recent questions on  Deep vein thrombosis

doctor1 MD

hi im 32 yrs male and have had dvt warfarin 6 mnths finished in march i have pain in my left back and front left pelvic area area along the teste cord my semen is watery very little 80 % less than nnormal all bacterial blood tests normal pls help me

doctor1 MD

I had a heavy fall 5 weeks ago, hospital said it was not a DVT and a gp later gave me antibiotics. I m feeling very hot all of the time and my eyes are struggling to keep open also a little light headed. I do suffer sinusitis but just worried these symptoms are as a result of my fall

doctor1 MD

I have been told that I have a hernia on the right side of belly button along with gall stones and DVT and PE. This morning I rolled over on my stomach in bed and in less than 30 seconds I experienced a sharp pain on the right side (love handle area). The pain has subsided considerable this afternoon. Can you possibly explain what might be going on before I head out to the ER.

doctor1 MD

I m having inner vein pain on each arm, it s been reoccurring pain on and off for years. Four months ago I had severe chest pain, middle left, and since middle right, stabbing pain that is difficult not to shout out in agony- and I definitely have a high pain tolerance. Went to the ER the day AFTER I was up all night in pain, the freq upped to a break every few seconds and grabbing my chest and crying all night- last week same exact thing but in my right leg, after 7 hours of computer work, both hosp visits did their checks- no dvt and nothing in my lungs. I am overweight. I can t think of anything I could have- embarassing history- grandparents were cousins and married each other..genetic defect? mother has acute anemia and something else i can t pronounce that makes her reject blood transfusions and gr-grandfather had hemophelia. Just found out my med history when i found my biological family last yr. plz help!

doctor1 MD

Hi, I’m 59 and was taking Estradiol and spironolactone for about 8 months. 5 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a clot in my lower leg. The doctors advised me to stop taking the HT. Now I feel so depressed that I’m reverting to male, weight, hair...

doctor1 MD

On December 2nd, I fell on concrete on my right side. No broken bones but I did spain my right knee. I also injured my right hand. Xrays were done but no breaks. My shin bone is my now very painful and red and my right foot is very blue. There is...

doctor1 MD

I am a 64 year old male, work out consistentIy, am 6 feet tall and weigh 180 pounds. I was recently diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis . My doctor gave me Xarelto. Are there foods I should avoid? My leg and ankle are still slightly swollen and it...