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I have this discoloration on my ankle/leg and this started about a year ago......if you push it does not hurt and the skin turns white but then resumes to reddish purple. It almost looks like a broken blood vessel but is now getting a little bigger is about 2 or 3 inches and in a round pattern like a bruise. At first I thought it was dry skin but now think it might be is ...occasionally my toes get a little numb. I did have minor knee surgery on this leg 3 years ago.....I do have some minor varicose veins and my grandmother had them really bad.
When I wake up in the morning, it does not look as red or purple but as the day goes on, the darker it looks.
Please help.
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replied May 29th, 2009
Active User, very eHealthy
it sounds like the begining of a venous ulcer if this is the case then you should wear a compression stocking on it
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