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What causes blueish green colored bulging vein on foot?

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Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2015
Question: On the bottom of my foot, just below the ball of my big toe is a bulging vein that is painful to the touch or pressure. It began as I was seated at my computer and has become increasingly painful over the last two days. It looks like a blueish green vein about a three quarters of an inch thick and half an inch long that is visible. It could almost feel like a bit, except there is not piercing of the skin.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It sounds like an injury

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

the blueish green color is probably a bruise. Degradation of hemoglobin causes that. Were you injured?

There is one - less likely - cause. A superficial vein thrombosis may cause bulging and discoloration and a lot of pain. Such cases are often caused by injuries too.

I can't give you a diagnosis obviously without clinical examination data. Your best next step is to visit your primary care physician for assessment of the lesion.

If it's an injury, applying ice (not directly on the skin, you'd better wrap a pack with a towel) for the first 48-72 hours helps. You can apply the ice for 20 minutes every 2 hours.

If it's thrombosis then non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help but the cause of the thrombosis has to be sought.

I hope I've helped!
You can contact me again, if you'd like to ask for clarifications.

Kind regards!


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What causes blueish green colored bulging vein on foot?

Brief Answer: It sounds like an injury Detailed Answer: Hello, the blueish green color is probably a bruise. Degradation of hemoglobin causes that. Were you injured? There is one - less likely - cause. A superficial vein thrombosis may cause bulging and discoloration and a lot of pain. Such cases are often caused by injuries too. I can't give you a diagnosis obviously without clinical examination data. Your best next step is to visit your primary care physician for assessment of the lesion. If it's an injury, applying ice (not directly on the skin, you'd better wrap a pack with a towel) for the first 48-72 hours helps. You can apply the ice for 20 minutes every 2 hours. If it's thrombosis then non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help but the cause of the thrombosis has to be sought. I hope I've helped! You can contact me again, if you'd like to ask for clarifications. Kind regards!