| A Discolored Toe could be more than Fungal Infection
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A Discolored Toe could be more than Fungal Infection

A Discolored Toe could be more than Fungal Infection

Cold weather can mean serious trouble for your feet and toes. Have you or a loved one noticed one of their toes turning blue or purple all of a sudden?

Here is a look at two common conditions which can lead to discolored toes.


Some people may notice their toes turning bluish or red and irritated. When one or two toes show signs of painful inflammation of the blood vessels due to cold air exposure, this indicates chilblains. Women are at a higher risk than men of developing chilblains.

Arterial Emboli

When a small piece of cholesterol plaque, from a blood vessel in the leg, breaks off and travels down into the narrower toes’ arteries, the condition is known as arterial emboli.

While the piece of plaque may have been small in the bigger blood vessel of the leg, it may be a huge hindrance to blood flow in the finer vessels of the toe. Poor or no circulation in a toe can kill the toe.

Both these conditions need to be diagnosed and treated immediately. There is a chance that these conditions might get inaccurately diagnosed as Athlete foot infection. This can lead to treatment delays and the possibility of amputation.

Keep an Eye on your Feet

  • Check your feet daily for any changes in the color of your toes, especially during winter. If your toe(s) look bluish or purplish, it’s time to see a specialist immediately.
  • During cold weather, the affected toe will feel colder than other toes.
  • Pain in the toes also indicates that your feet and toes need medical attention.

See a Podiatrist or Foot Doctor

If you have developed a condition in your feet or toes or your toes hurt or one or more of them seem discolored, keep your feet warm and dry and see a podiatrist right away.


To learn more about foot and ankle injuries treatment or to consult one of the leading foot and ankle surgeons in Phoenix, Arizona, call Oasis Foot and Ankle Clinic at 602-993-2700 Now. Oasis Foot and Ankle Centers offer cutting edge treatment that includes both surgical and nonsurgical options.

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