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What causes sudden onset of red, inflamed toes on both feet

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What causes sudden onset of red, inflamed toes on both feet? What is the treatment?
There are many possible causes
autoimmune disease
bad veins in the legs
raynauds disease
does this get better or worse at any particular time?
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I was checked for lupus and it was negative. The feet are not painful just plain ugly. It does not appear to be Raynauds or infection. At age 82 I had thought circulatory perhaps. I feel great, exercise and have a great life.......just ugly feet!
The most likely cause is a venous insufficiency of the legs, probably very mild, so yes circulatory but more a problem with venous return.
You should try compression stockings intermittently to see if this helps.
I doubt a serious illness from what you are saying
An ultrasound of the legs could see how the veins are doing.
Good luck again

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