Blue foot? Is gout? Please answer.

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    Been messing with gout for about 2 years now.  Got a flare up last week, need to know.  Has your gout ever turned your foot blueish when you dont elevate it?

    Everytime I have had gout I could walk (limp crooked) painfully, but this time I am bedridden.  When I go to the bathroom or try to make a meal, my foot starts going from deep red to blueish.  Basically I can tell the blood is going into the foot but not pumping out.  Has anyone had that problem before or do I need to go get checked to see if my viens are damaged from years of smoking?   Though I can feel the gout, needles and it still moves from big toe, to side of foot and back again. 

    Currently taking percocet and advil. 

    #6919 Reply
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    Did you check your blood sugar levels? High blood sugar can reduce the blood flow to feet and turn them blue in addition to making them swollen and painful.

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    Thanks but my BS is fine .  Just need to know if gout can cause this or not.

    #6942 Reply
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    Yes,

    Inflammation and swelling can take a bluish cast in fact many people regularly refer to a PURPLE toe and purple is half red half blue. But a REAL blue warrants a trip to the doctor.

    I would keep my foot raised high as much as possilbe, jobu. It seems you might have some impaired circulation complicating the gout attack. You might want to keep the venous blood draining out as much as possible.

    #6943 Reply

    Gout will not cause it directly, but the uric acid deposits that cause gout pain could build up to the point where blood vessels are constricted.

    As a friend of mine has just had half her leg off due to circulation problems (not gout related, but probably smoking related) I'm a bit sensitive to this at the moment. PLEASE get it checked immediately.Cry

    #6947 Reply
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    Hi Jobu, I did notice a Purple/blue coloration to my toes during the hieght of my very severe attack back in August. I think GP may be right about crystals restricting blood flow. I know that these days I no longer have the “discoloration”.

    #6948 Reply
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    well this is my first time with the purple foot, the gout  pain seemed to subside last night.  I also know from reading that blood is getting in the foot, but the venous system is not functioning properly.  I will be going to the doc tomorrow.  The foot returns to normal color within 1 minute of elevation.

    What doc you think?  rhuemotologist.  podiatrist? Emerg room?

    thanks.

    Having no insurance and being out of work living off my savings changes the way I think about doctors. 

    #6950 Reply
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    jobu said:

    well this is my first time with the purple foot, the gout  pain seemed to subside last night.  I also know from reading that blood is getting in the foot, but the venous system is not functioning properly.  I will be going to the doc tomorrow.  The foot returns to normal color within 1 minute of elevation.

    What doc you think?  rhuemotologist.  podiatrist? Emerg room?

    thanks.

    Having no insurance and being out of work living off my savings changes the way I think about doctors. 


    I did not have successful treatment until I got a rhuemotoid arthritis specialist. My General practitioner told me I didn’t have gout and everyone else I had contact with in the general medical community had a very limited knowledge of gout therapy. In fact this forum could teach many in the general medical community but that’s another topic. I have been out of work for five months now and money is getting really tight these days so I know how you feel. It’s a frightening state of affairs. I am finally feeling a ray of hope after getting my SUA down to 4.4 at my last testing. I am now able to walk short periods without a cane and hope to get back to work again soon.

    #6952 Reply
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     The foot returns to normal color within 1 minute of elevation.

    jobu,

    That doesn't sound too BAD. It is likely completely normal, or at least GOUT-normal, Winkbecause any swelling will cause pressure on the small veins restricting the flow through them somewhat. Just keep it raised as much as possible especially when sleeping…use some sort of bolster under the foot.

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