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Fingers swell and get red when I walk

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  • Posted By: jeanill
  • July 30, 2013
  • 03:31 PM

The skinon the tops of my fingers, between the first knuckle and the cuticle (this areais called the nailfold), gets red and swells up and throbs when I walk, with my arms down. I also have pitting edema in my fingertips.

When I raise my arms up, the red swelling in my fingers goes away. My PCP said myfinger swelling is "nothing to worry about,” but I do not believe her.

I also get severe pain and heaviness in both legs, and cannot walk too long. Sometimes my ankles and lower legs swell up,and I get pitting edema in my ankles. The pain stops when I sit down, orelevate my legs.

Please tell me what is causing this. I am a female, age 60, and I feel ill all the time also. (And, the hair has stopped growing on both legs.) I have an open sore on one toe that has not healed in 10years. It scabs over then the scab falls off and it bleeds. It is small like this letter "O" and no doctor has looked at it through a magnifier.

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  • Some symptoms sound similar to my mum's who is 60, she is diabetic but not needing medication but she has had an underactive thyroid for 20 years now.
    sjb 1980 2 Replies
    • August 21, 2013
    • 02:52 AM
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  • If you're walking for exercise, you need to have your arms squared as if your jogging or running it helps with the blood flow. My hands and feet used to swell up and legs would feel heavy due to the swelling, until I changed the way I walk. Do you have diabetes? That or zinc deficiency are what I know can cause healing problems.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 22, 2013
    • 00:49 PM
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