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Your Cold Toe May Also be Known as:
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Top 5 Cold Toe Causes

  1. 1.Raynaud Phenomenon

    Primary Raynaud phenomenon is a disorder of the blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, which causes the blood vessels to narrow when feeling cold or stressed. When this happens, blood can't get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with conservative measures, such as avoiding cold and use of protective measures and/or quitting smoking. If this is ineffective or you have other symptoms in addition to this, contact your primary care physician when convenient.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, cold toe, cold fingers, spontaneous toe pain, turning blue or purple from coldness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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.

    Those with suspected frostbite should have wet clothing removed. Rubbing affected areas worsens damage to the tissue. You should go to the ER by car, immediately. If rewarming can occur without chance of refreezing, it can be tried in the field. There, the doctors will guide you in gently re-warming the wounded area in 98-102F (37C-39C) water. Further, ibuprofen, antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and possibly surgery will be done to treat the pain and dead tissue. IV fluids will also be started. Hydrotherapy will be done daily to help with the wounded area.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot pain, foot numbness, swollen foot, limping, toe numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with mild frostbite of the lower leg:
    cold toe
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  3. 3.Severe Frostbite of the Lower Limbs

    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.

    Those with suspected frostbite should have wet clothing removed. Rubbing affected areas worsens damage to the tissue. You should go to the ER by car, immediately. If rewarming can occur without chance of refreezing, it can be tried in the field. There, the doctors will guide you in gently re-warming the wounded area in 98-102F (37C-39C) water. Further, ibuprofen, antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and possibly surgery will be done to treat the pain and dead tissue. IV fluids will also be started. Hydrotherapy will be done daily to help with the wounded area.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot pain, foot numbness, swollen foot, limping, toe numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with severe frostbite of the lower limbs:
    cold toe
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Frostnip of the Lower Limbs

    Frostnip is damage of the outermost layers of the skin 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.

    Those with suspected frostnip should have wet clothing removed. Rubbing affected areas worsens damage to the tissue. You should go to an urgent care. If rewarming can occur without chance of refreezing, it can be tried in the field. At urgent care, the doctors will guide you in gently re-warming the wounded area in 98-102F (37C-39C) water. Further, ibuprofen, antibiotics, and a tetanus shot may be necessary

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot pain, foot numbness, swollen foot, limping, toe numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with frostnip of the lower limbs:
    cold toe
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  5. 5.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.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance. These types of fractures need to be repaired at a hospital as soon as possible.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    cold toe, pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury, swollen ankle, constant ankle pain
    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, ankle pain from an injury, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Cold Toe

  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Does your job involve holding a vibrating object, such as a drill?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with a specific type of headache?
  • Q.Stress can cause changes in your body. Are you under a lot of stress?

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Cold Toe Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced cold toe have also experienced:

    • 5% Cold Fingers
    • 5% Fatigue
    • 3% Dizziness
  • People who have experienced cold toe were most often matched with:

    • 24% Raynaud Phenomenon
    • 5% Severe Frostbite of the Lower Limbs
    • 5% Mild Frostbite of the Lower Leg

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