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I have purple feet all the time. They don't turn color in response to temperature. There is not discomfort. The skin appears healthy other than it ranges in color from red (like sunburn) to purple (like a bruise). Applying pressure to the skin causes it to go back to flesh color but as soon as the pressure goes away, the redness/purple return. Elevating the feet does not seem to have an impact. Sometimes the feet are cold to the touch but probably not more so than the average woman's feet.

It started about three years ago and has progressed significantly in the last 6 months. I'm very healthy - ex-smoker of 7 years. I exercise daily - run several days a week. I take no medications other than a daily vitamin. I have no allergies.

I've been to a dermatologist, general practitioner, vascular specialist and rhuematologist - all whom have never seen anything like this and none of whom have a clue what it could be or how or if to treat it.

I'm hoping there is someone else out there who has experienced this or knows someone who has. Thanks.
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replied August 6th, 2009
purple feet
I so can relate to your story... I just got the purple feet almost 2 months ago now. and I have seen docs up the butt. and non of them can figure this out expect for one.. My neuro doc. he said it had to do with my blood disorder I got three of them.. colliding with each other and my body is turning on it self. also stating that I am 95% chance of having a stroke or a heart attack,.. talk about blunt anyways. He told me to keep an eye n it if it becomes like a deep purple then head to the ER cause I am about to stroke out... GO figure!!! so next step see a cardio I guess and go from there.. here I am 38 years old and I have become the purple people eater..LOL!! not only are my feet purple but the rest of me as well.. so I feel utterly alone in this.. wondering worrying thinking... but wanted you to know your not alone in this .. I just want it all to stop!!
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replied August 12th, 2009
I to have been going throught this for many years.
I asked my doctor. she said just getting older.
I don't buy that. I am wondering if it might have something to do with Thyroid.??? someone must know.
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replied July 25th, 2013
I too suffer from sore feet, worsens in cold weather and I suspect Reynauld's Syndrome. I read somewhere where Iodine, which is deficient in our modern diet, warms up the outer extremities of our bodies. After one month on this supplement my symptoms are completely gone.
I take it daily; with milk after eating.
I would also look at anemia (iron deficiency).
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replied December 14th, 2009
purplish reddish feet
I doubt the thyroid theory. I am going through the same thing. No allergies, healthy, plenty of exercise, don't smoke, don't drink, no blood disorders, had my thyroid checked and it's okay--and I am only 30 years old--not at risk for heart attack, stroke or diabeties. I don't know what the deal is. My feet are always a purplish/reddish color and when you push on them, they turn flesh color then quickly revert. They aren't typically cold....but they do get cold easily. After years of seeing different docs in different departments with different specialties, I was told that it is fluid build up....although there is no swelling. Took a dieretic (water pill) for 6 months with no help. It's hell in the summer with sandal weather, but now that it is winter, I can at least keep them hidden.
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replied October 22nd, 2013
i have seen many doctors about it too..........summer is bad.
have you decided to do something else?

thanks, godiva1
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replied January 23rd, 2010
My feet have been various shades of red and dusky purple all my life and I haven't had a stroke.

It is probably Reynaud's Syndrome:
http://www.medicinenet.com/raynauds_phenom enon/article.htm

When I took a low dose of a calcium channel blocker daily for palpitations, my feet stop turning red or purple. On the medication my feet look normal all the time. This means I probably have Reynaud's.
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replied March 8th, 2010
I have the same thing. I am only 18 years old. Have never smoked, drank, ,very healthy, exercise regularly my feet are always purple no matter what temperature if you touch them they will turn flesh color but then return to the purple color, they are often cold, and if i move my foot wrong or just randomly my toes will start to cramp up. it is a terrible pain they feel like they are curling under my foot, usually lasts for a few minutes and i have to walk it off if i were to stay still i would be screaming in pain.-do any of u have this symptom? i always thought my feet were purple for lack of oxygen and blood flow
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replied March 17th, 2010
Purple/Red feet.
Well, I am only 15 years old and i have the same purple feet thing that you people are talking about. My feet don't feel any different, they just look like they are dead. Everyone at school always asks me, "why do your feet look like that?" I always just blame it on bad circulation or something. I really want to know what's wrong with them. I asked a doctor once about a year ago and they said that there was nothing wrong with my feet. I need help :/
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replied June 5th, 2012
I'm 15 also, and my feet have been a purple reddish color for as long as I can remember. People at school always comment when I wear flip flops, and I've never been to the doctor for it, althought I've seriously considered it.
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replied November 5th, 2010
purple feet
Well, I have had purple feet as long as I can remember and I thought it was normal, being in sports all the time and working outside all my life. They get real purple in the winter and I thought it was from the cold and in the summer my feet always get hot and sweaty they get red. I went to the doctor and he had me take off my shoes and sock and notice my feet were purple and a little colder than normal. He said that he has never seen anything like it. So today I got on the internet. I do have very low thyroid and I have had chronic back pain all my life. I think that the poor circulation may stem from my crooked back.
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replied April 14th, 2011
Red/purple feet mystery...
my daughter has the same problem...red/purple feet we have been going to Drs in Canada for 4 years and just left the Mayo clinic in Rochester with no diagnosis once again for a cause...would anyone be willing to send me a picture of their feet and I will send ones of my daughters so we can compare ? thanks so much Barbie
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replied September 3rd, 2011
Im 18 years old and ive had this for quite a while as well, feet get red, sometimes purple , hands same. it gets very embarrasing needles to mention. I havent figured out many patterns as to why it happens and what causes it but i've noticed something that might hugely relate to it... my extremeties have been getting red and hot since my eyesight starten to worsen dramatically few years ago so id like to ask you guys, have any of you that are experiancing red, purple hot feet or hand got also problem with your sight? Wear glasses, are short or long sighted? it would help me as well because i realized many symptoms started to come up for no reason when my vision began to weaken, i become really tired quickly, i get headaches and could sleep for ages but am never really revitalised by the sleep, always tired and lifeless.
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replied June 5th, 2012
Well I'm only fifteen, but my feet have been a purple reddish color as long as I can remember. I've worn glasses/contacts since 5th grade. I'm nearsighted, and can hardly see five feet ahead without my contacts in. I never thought the two were related, and it might be totally random, just thought you'd wanna know you're not alone.
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replied September 3rd, 2011
Im 18 years old and ive had this for quite a while as well, feet get red, sometimes purple , hands same. it gets very embarrasing needles to mention. I havent figured out many patterns as to why it happens and what causes it but i've noticed something that might hugely relate to it... my extremeties have been getting red and hot since my eyesight starten to worsen dramatically few years ago so id like to ask you guys, have any of you that are experiancing red, purple hot feet or hand got also problem with your sight? Wear glasses, are short or long sighted? it would help me as well because i realized many symptoms started to come up for no reason when my vision began to weaken, i become really tired quickly, i get headaches and could sleep for ages but am never really revitalised by the sleep, always tired and lifeless.
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replied April 23rd, 2012
purple hands and fett in a 13 year old
barbie my daughter is going thru the same things...
veladriel.... my daughter too has the eye issue... eye get worse.. the hands and feet are red adn sometimes purle.. they just did blood work and did not find rynolds... so that is not the issue... but very worried as she is only 13 and i just want some kind of reason for all this... she says they dont hurt but they are freezing cold all the time.. wishing i could find better answers to this issue. its weird that so many people have the same thing and no doctors have found why .. please let me know if anyone comes up with any reasons why ...
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replied October 14th, 2012
I am 15. My feet are constantly purple when cold or reddish pink when hot. When Pressure is put On them then they turn to A flesh color and then quickly go back to purple or red. It's very annoying when people always ask what's wrong with my feet. I don't want to have to hide my feet for the rest of my life. I have never been to a doctor..please help.
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replied December 12th, 2012
I'm 15 - I've always had purple feet and hands. But since a series of operations a few years back, not only my hands and feet have turned a severe, blotchy deep purple - but so have my cheeks, and many times it spreads over my face and whole body. I am like an ice-cube to touch, it cases rashes over my arms and hands. I turn so purple that I begin to get blue and bright orange patches shining through. People stare at me like I'm a freak. I have astigmatism and am constantly lethargic and tired. My limbs get so severe I have no feeling in them. This seems serious, what should I do?
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replied December 26th, 2012
Hi, I have the exact same symtoms as you and the person above. My legs turn purple-ish often when I'm sitting cross-legged or I'm cold. I also get the red bumps under my skin that look like pimples. I'm 15, btw. I have also noticed that this usually goes away in the summer and fall, but comes back every winter. i have a feeling that it has to do with my body temperature. If you find out any more information on this, it would be helpful to respond and mention your age because I heard that age has something to do with it. thanks, and hope I could help.
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replied January 21st, 2013
Hi. I've had red feet for as long as I can remember. Maybe my whole life. People call me red feet. haha. I am now 32 years old. I've never mentioned anything to my doctors about this, I assume I just have redder feet than most people. I've noticed them a purplish color with blotchyness from time to time as well. I notice it is much worse for me in the summer when it is warm. I rarely wear sox in the summer because my feet get so hot. This is what I think my problem is, I very rarely sweat. Infact I don't even wear deodorant because I never sweat. This past summer I worked really hard in the garden and my entire body got red. My face was beat red to match my feet. So, I think my feet getting red and hands, has something to do with that. My body having difficulty cooling down.? I honestly don't know. But if it makes anyone else feel better I dont think its a big deal. Ive had red feet forever! And im still alive!
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replied February 12th, 2013
I'm only 13 and I have the same thing, except mine just stay a purple colour, like a light bruise. It's not even on all my toes.. Just on my little, middle and the one nex t to the big toe on my left foot?
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replied April 9th, 2013
purple feet
i went through this for a year. I was misdiagnosed several times but finally someone read a blood test right and say my platlets were so high. I have pv with a mutated jene called Jak 2. If you don't get it treated you will get leukemia.
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replied April 16th, 2013
Each person thank you for typing something regarding purple feet. My son's feet stay purple now which started 6 years ago. Doctor's keep saying he will grow out of it. Over time purple is now on the ankles and I see splotches of purple happening further up his legs. Purple splotches have happened on his hands but only during the colder seasons but for a long length of time. At first he complained about tingling in his feet now he keep saying they are fine. When carole1234 mentioned leukemia, that triggered a memory, his grandfather died of leukemia. I will keep pursuing for answers.
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replied April 16th, 2013
purple feet
He can get blood test. Ask them to check all his blood counts and platelets. I don't know why these doctors ignore the purple feet. Now that they know what I have and am being treated it really doesn't help the purple feet. But I know its worrisome and it doesn't mean he has leukemia, it just means it can morph into it, but you still need to take kemo pills as there is no cure and that is the only thing they have to treat. Write me if you need anyhting else. Carole
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