Blue Legs/Feet/Toes Symptoms, Causes & Statistics

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5 Possible Blue Legs/Feet/Toes Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced blue legs/feet/toes. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Raynaud phenomenon

Raynaud phenomenon, also called Secondary Raynaud syndrome, is a condition that causes small arteries in the skin to abnormally constrict on exposure to cold water or air. This limits blood flow to the hands, fingers, feet, toes, nose, and ears.

Secondary Raynaud syndrome is rare and is caused by another underlying medical condition, often a connective tissue disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, or lupus.

Women are more likely than men to be affected, especially if living in cold climates. Family history and smoking are also risk factors.

Symptoms include the hands and feet becoming numb and cold. The skin color changes from pale to bluish, and then to red as the skin warms again.

If not treated, patients may get ulcerated sores or deformities of the fingers and toes, or even gangrene, due to the lack of circulation.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and blood tests.

Treatment includes medications to help increase circulation; treatment of any underlying conditions; and lifestyle changes to gain better protection for the extremities in cold conditions.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: distal numbness, cold toe, cold fingers, spontaneous toe pain, spontaneous finger pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Mild frostbite of the lower leg

Frostbite is tissue damage caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports. It is also more likely in those who are intoxicated or have a mental disorder.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: foot pain, swollen foot, foot numbness, foot redness, limping

Symptoms that always occur with mild frostbite of the lower leg: cold toe

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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Severe ankle injury needing imaging

An ankle fracture is a break in 1 or more ankle bones. Having neurovascular compromise means that the fracture was so severe that blood flow to the toes and nerves of the foot was interrupted.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: tingling foot, toe numbness, constant ankle pain, cold toe, pain in one ankle

Symptoms that always occur with severe ankle injury needing imaging: bruised ankle, toe numbness, pain in one ankle, pain when pressing on the ankle bone, swollen ankle, constant ankle pain

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Mild hypothermia

Hypothermia is defined as a body core temperature lower than 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Celcius.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, coldness, pale skin, turning blue or purple from coldness, shivering

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Friedreich's ataxia

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Blue Legs/Feet/Toes Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced blue legs/feet/toes have also experienced:

  • 5% Turning Blue Or Purple From Coldness
  • 3% Cold Feet
  • 2% Swollen Lower Leg

People who have experienced blue legs/feet/toes were most often matched with:

  • 50% Severe Ankle Injury Needing Imaging
  • 42% Mild Frostbite Of The Lower Leg
  • 7% Raynaud Phenomenon

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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