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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 3:36 am    Post subject: Burning toes (all 10) on both feet Reply with quote

I have had the following symptoms on my toes, just my toes, every winter for the past 8+ years. It seems that heaters really aggravate my problems. And these symptoms never happen in the summertime, even though I live in Texas where the days can reach over 100 degrees.

-red, swollen toes...it's only on my toes;
-very, very painful, prickly itching/burning;
-when the swelling decreases, the skin is wrinkly;
-the symptoms are not consistent...sometimes its a few toes, then the other toes, all toes, goes away for a while, then comes back;
-seems if I elevate my feet, it helps;
-can last for a few minutes, or several hours;
-seems to increase later in the day and at bedtime.

I've used athlete's foot antifungal sprays on my toes before, with no relief..actually seemed to aggravate it. Last night I had to put my feet into cold water to relieve the burning...it was the only thing that helped and kept the swelling at bay, which I've done before as the last resort (since it's so cold in the winter). When I wake up in the morning, I don't have these symptoms. And maybe stress does aggravate it, once I have it.

I've had Raynaud's on my fingers before, and my toes. But it seems that I don't have this anymore on my hands.

I'm not a smoker, and I'm not overweight. I'm a 5'3", 105#, 42 yo female.

Do you have any clue?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: Burning toes Reply with quote

I've been having the same problem with my toes for five years now, and it gets worse all year. It's very bad in January and February, and I'm still having problems daily and we're almost into March. I too tried the antifungal stuff which irritated it more. Even lotions seems to make it worse, as though it seals in the heat.

I also have Raynaud's...I'm thinking it's related.

I've had some testing done, and the arthritis specialist said it was "chilblains", but my regular MD and I don't agree....those episodes last only up to 2 weeks, and once I get this in late Dec or January, it lasts through the winter.

I've found that ibuprofen really helps. And just a few weeks ago I found a Benedryl cream which has helped with the redness and swelling, but sometimes at night it gets a little itchy still. I also develop tiny red spots under my skin from this, and as time goes by, they get closer to the skin and evenutally are at the surface. It seems that once these are gone, I'm okay till the next winter.

Mine also get worse if I'm standing still, for example, doing dishes. I also have to elevate my feet after doing dishes.

I was so relieved when I saw your posting yesterday for the first time, even though it's years old. If both of us have this, then others have to be suffering also!

Maybe we can get some answers!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too have the same exact problem with my toes. I don't know what it is but its incredibly annoying. Alot of the time they are fine but at night when im sleeping or sometimes during the day as well i get the horrible itching, burning pain sensation. On closer inspection my toes are very red, swolen and have unusual red/purple spots. The skin is also very dry and wrinkly on these red sore spots. I also tried the anti-fungal athletes foot spray and it didnt work. Like you guys i've found that cold water relieves the burning itching pain for a short time. I've been taking Aleve which seems to help quite a bit. Ive only had this problem for about a year, last winter and this winter have been the worse and like you guys said it didnt seem to bother me during the summer but came back again this winter. I am 28 years old, 150 lb's and in good health. This only happens on my toes, nowhere else. Does anybody know what this is? Is there any cure?

Thanks Alot.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get the same thing. I live in northern BC so it gets pretty cold here. It started last year and I panicked thinking I had gout.
My toes look pretty normal, but are very sore and swollen, particularly the big toes.

I went snowboarding last weekend and think maybe the cold and pressure may have triggered the toe pain.

I'm 22 female, 5'4" 120 lbs and a healthy active person.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have similar problems as mentioned by Akarda.
-red, swollen toes...it's only on my toes;
-very, very painful, prickly itching/burning;
-the symptoms are not consistent...sometimes its a few toes, then the other toes, all toes, goes away for a while, then comes back;
-seems if I elevate my feet, it helps;
-can last for a few minutes, or several hours;
-seems to increase later in the day and at bedtime.

I have had a number of tests done and they have all come clear. It is said to be a neurological problem but the doctors don't know what it is.

I have been told to take great care of my feet and keep active.

Hope this helps. Will keep u informed if anything pops up.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:40 pm    Post subject: itchy swollen toes! Reply with quote

Hi, i seem to have the same symptoms as all of u.
i keep waking up everyday at 2 am because the itch is so intense that i have to soak my feet in cold water.
it burns when i itch too much & im trying all kinds of home remedies & other OTC itch/fungal creams but nothing is working =(

i will be seeking advice from a skin specialist & from a doctor online. when i get a reply on my condition, i will share it with all of u.

sigh. this sux!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:06 pm    Post subject: Toe Pains Reply with quote

I am having the same problems-burning itching, swollen toes. VERY frustrating. I've tried a lot of stuff over the counter.I would love to know if anyone has any idea what this is. It comes and goes and its not always the same toes.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: this annoying toe situation Reply with quote

I was very relieved to read that I am not the only person dealing with this. Similar symptoms that all of you have listed; tips of toes, (mostly 3rd and 4th toes), are angry red and puffy. They burn and itch, and it almost feels llike I can rub or squeeze the itch out of them but it doesn't work. I try to massage them at end of day. It's not always the same toes, and some days are worse than others. This is without question a dead-of-winter thing, and I too have Reynaud's in my fingers from time to time. I am 44 years old and very active in sports and running, and while there are times I can feel the tingly in my toes at the beginning of a workout when the gym is cold, it goes away and the symptoms actually seem a bit better after exercise. When I get into bed, however, they are itchy moreso than when I wake up. This never has happened on either of my big toes. Annoying as anything!!! So strange that I can't find any specific name for this... Question
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Diagnosis Reply with quote

Hi everyone!
ive been suffering from itchy toes for the past 2 winters. these are my symptoms:

- red, itchy swollen toes when it gets hot
- sometimes gets purple when my toes get too cold
- can get painful at times especially when i itch too much;
- very itchy (mostly at night) & sometimes burning;
- if i soak my feet in cold water it helps relieve the itching & burning just for a while
- can last for a few minutes, or several hours;
- this only happens every winter.

here's a picture of my toes :

i had a bruised my big toe in the last month, so ignore the bruise. it is not one of my symptoms.

I went to the hospital today because the itch was unbearable. i was finally diagnosed with "Reynaud's disease/symptom" if u think u have what i have please do go to the doctors a.s.a.p. if you continue to itch, blisters might erupt and you might get an infection!

i was told to wear polyester socks & was given a some sort of steroid cream for the itch. i will be consulting another doctor soon for a possible oral medication. lets hope it all works out! cos it would really suck if i was given the wrong diagnosis!

anyways, do consult your doctor for your safety. i was scared to death thinking that they might chop off my toes!

hope this helps! =/
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I have found something which may be interesting as I have the same symptoms as you - Erythromelalgia
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this condition, or something very similar.

I find that rubbing the toes with raw onion immediately lessens the itching and lasts for an hour or two.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:03 am    Post subject: Burning Toes Reply with quote

I experience the same set of symptoms described above. I am 44 year old male distance runner who is in good physical condition.

I do not experience Reynaudís, but I did have restless leg syndrome for most of my life, and as a remedy to that problem, I began wearing extremely thick wool socks to bed when I was ~39. The socks eliminated my restless legs, but I may have taken a good thing too far.

I continued to wear the socks even when they caused my feet to get extremely hot at night. It was at this time that I first experienced the tingling, itching, burning and painful toes. I had to stop wearing the wool socks to bed. The rough fiber and heat of the socks became unbearable against the skin of my toes. The good thing is that I have not had a reoccurrence of restless leg syndrome since that time.

I live in Montana, and my toes flare up in October when the cold sets in, and the condition comes and goes frequently throughout the winter and until the warming of May.

I have noticed that sitting for extended periods (as I do at work) causes my toes to flare up, and before I figured out this association, I actually had part of the toenails on my big toes die and eventually fall off.

Wearing rough socks and shoes aggravates the problem, especially during my running. Ultra smooth, seamless socks and petroleum jelly on the toes does reduce the irritation.

When I go to bed, I cannot allow my toes to touch anything, including each other, the mattress or the bed sheets. Any contact sets them off.

I have asked several doctors about this problem, and I have had some testing done, but I have learned little if anything from those efforts. I have learned more just reading this thread.

A bath of cold or even just cool water for a few minutes helps me more than anything else. No, I have not yet tried rubbing raw onion on my toes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:54 pm    Post subject: itching, burning toes Reply with quote

I was happy to read the other posts. I went to the doctor today because it is keeping me up at night. I did have the pin prick size red dots which are an indication of Erythromelalgia. I will be grateful if the blood tests show that I do NOT have diabetes. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: Chilblains Reply with quote

I found excellent and useful info on same subject on another forum (pasted below), and I found the self-treatment advice given therein to be a near complete cure, close to miraculous. I have been excited to post the same info here for the rest of you. Hope it helps you as much as me

My symptoms had worsened this winter. All my usual toe problems had returned with the addition of deep dry cracks developing under and outside of my little toes. With my new treatment strategy employed over the last month my symptoms have almost entirely subsided, and my toes have returned to their warm-weather state of healthy looks & with little or no remaining discomfort. My problems seem to have been that my body's natural heat conservation mechanism shunted blood flow away from my extremities and into my torso to protect organs when my body felt even a slight chill.

Per the advice given in the following post, I started keeping my feet cool and the rest of my body hot by wearing extra layers of clothes. My body is now at times a little warmer than suits my normal comfort level, but the end result has been well worth the trouble! What I gather is happening is that by raising my core temperature I am stimulating summer-like circulation to my feet. Whatever the reason I am very pleased with the result.
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Q: During winter my smaller toes (last two) get bluish, and burning sensation? Sometimes it becomes difficult even to wear shoes and walking becomes difficult. Will appreciate any remedy you know

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You have a condition known as Chilblains
Chilblains are patches of red, swollen and itchy skin, believed to be caused by a combination of cold weather and poor circulation. The toes are particularly vulnerable, but other extremities that can develop chilblains include fingers, earlobes and the nose. Tight shoes can also contribute by irritating and pressing on the skin of the toes, especially the little toe. Despite the discomfort, chilblains donít cause any permanent damage to tissue. Not everyone exposed to cold and damp conditions will develop chilblains, which leads some researchers to believe that those who do are overly sensitive to changes in weather and temperature. The elderly, sedentary, teenagers and people with medical conditions (such as anaemia) are most susceptible.

The little toe is more likely to develop chilblains than the other toes. Common symptoms include:
A burning sensation on the skin
Red, swollen patches
Intense itching
Dry skin, leading to splits and cracks
Possible secondary infection
Ulceration, in severe cases.
The circulation responds to temperature
Although the exact cause of chilblains remains unknown, it is thought to be associated with the bodyís reaction to cold weather. The bodyís circulatory system comprises arteries, veins and capillaries that shunt blood to every cell. The circulatory system is sensitive to temperature. In hot conditions, the body expands blood vessels close to the skin so that excess heat can be lost to the air, thereby cooling the body. In cold weather, these blood vessels constrict to conserve body heat. This constriction can starve extremities - such as the toes - of blood and warmth, if your peripheral circulation is sluggish.

Abrupt temperature changes
The symptoms of chilblains are intensified with sudden temperature changes - for example, entering a warm house after being outside in the cold. Similarly, heating cold feet too quickly, by propping them next to a heater or using a hot water bottle, will also exacerbate the condition. It is best to concentrate on warming your whole body instead.

Suggestions for treating chilblains at home:
Resist the urge to scratch, as this will further damage the skin.
Use calamine lotion or witch hazel to soothe the itching. Your chemist may also supply a suitable product.
Lanolin or similar, rubbed into the feet, will help retain body heat.
Wear woollen or cotton socks.
Keep your whole body warm.
Gentle exercise will improve circulation to your feet.

Prevention tips
Keeping your entire body warm at all times is the key to preventing chilblains. Suggestions include:
Avoid long periods of exposure to cold or damp weather.
Wear several layers of clothing, which trap body heat more efficiently than one bulky layer.
Wear tights under trousers.
Make sure your shoes are comfortable and donít squeeze your toes.
Dry feet thoroughly after showering or bathing.
Use woollen or cotton socks to allow your feet to Ďbreatheí.
Have some gentle exercise, like walking, every day to improve peripheral circulation.
Regularly pamper and condition the skin of your feet with home pedicures.
See a podiatrist for regular professional treatments.
Professional treatment
Severe, ulcerating or recurring chilblains need professional attention. A qualified podiatrist can treat your chilblains and offer advice on prevention. Your doctor can also prescribe a corticosteroid ointment or cream. If you suffer from severe and recurring chilblains, your doctor may prescribe a preventive drug. If you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, you must see your doctor to check the circulation in the affected area without delay. i]
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:47 pm    Post subject: Burning toes all 10 on both feet Reply with quote

i also have pain in other areas....but my feet seem to be so bad after i get in bed, its almost unbearable to take my socks off....

it almost feels like my toes are going to shoot right off my feet...then other times it feels like im being interrogated and getting chutes of bamboo shoved underneath the toenails...you know like the torture method? LOL

just wanted to know if anyone else had this? and what helps...

dont ever become content with SCI...
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