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What could cause red painful swollen second and third toes of one of the feet

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Dr. Grzegorz Stanko

General Surgeon

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Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 in General Health
Question: On one of her feet my wife's 2nd and 3rd toes are red, warmer than the other toes and puffy. They skin is sensitive to the touch . The pain is not excruciating, but she is not comfortable if she wears a shoe.

thoughts, please?
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 28 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Soft tissues inflammation.

Detailed Answer:


Thank you for the query.

Can you please attach a photo of it? Does she suffer from diabetes?

Symptoms described by you are usually present in case of soft tissues inflammation.

The reason of such inflammation can be diabetes, injury, poor blood circulation or gout.

In case of injury related inflammation and diabetes, bacterial infection can appear so the best treatment is an antibiotic.

If gout is a problem, medicine called Colchicine should help.

It would be good to consult a surgeon.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Grzegorz Stanko, General Surgeon
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