I am concerned because whenever I walk, even for a few blocks, my toes become extremely reddish/purplish. It is noticeable enough that people stare at my feet and two people have stopped to comment on how red my toes are. After I stop walking, it takes quite awhile for them to return to a normal color. It seems to be worse in heat, but happens even when it is cold outside. It has been going on for the past month to two months.
I have also had swelling of my feet and ankles for the past month to two months. Both feet become quite swollen when I walk. It's worsened by prolonged walking, heat, alcohol intake, and caffeine intake, but happens even without those triggers. I went to the doctor about the feet and ankle swelling problem, because I have recently started taking Nuvaring (hormonal contraception) and was worried about the possibility of a blood clot in my leg. That possibility was ruled out (at least as of 3 weeks ago), but no diagnosis was made.
The doctor did not do any tests for my heart or circulation, because he said I was too young to be concerned about that (I am 23). However, it seems that the red/purple color of my toes is typically explained by poor circulation and hardening of the arteries. It would be extremely rare for this to happen at such a young age, but I can't find any alternative explanation for it. Does anyone have any ideas about what could cause my toes to turn so red and purple (and/or my feet to swell)?
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