Hi I have been having some problems with my feet/toes/legs which started about 9 years ago, in 2008 and I am wondering if it could be Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). In 2008 I experienced severe cold exposure which turned my toes blue. I also cannot feel anything in my toes, a GP stuck a pin in my toes and I did not feel a thing so I am guessing the nerves in my toes are damaged. I had a few occasions where my legs went "fuzzy" but GP insisted my blood test results were normal at the time.
Since 2015 my toenails have become more discoloured underneath. At first they turned brown but now they look as though they have been bleeding. GP sent my toenail clippings off to rule out fungal infection and I didn't hear anything back.
I went to an urgent care centre in November 2016 and I had a nurse and a doctor examine my toenails. They both advised me to go back to my GP. The GP I saw the same day said the discolouration will grow out if I kept my toenails short but since then the following problems have happened:
- I have developed ulcers and dark red spots on my feet and toes
- Some of my smaller toes look squashed at the ends
- The skin colour under my toes is dark red/purple
- I have developed white flaky skin over my toenail cuticles
- My legs have become more shiny
- I have increased paleness, numbness and tingling in my feet when they are elevated but the paleness, numbness and tingling go away when sitting up or standing
- I have what looks like "undernail bleeding" as if my toenails have been hit with a hammer/mallet or trapped in a door. I have not injured my feet/toes, have had diabetes ruled out with a HbA1c test, I am generally active, I have had fungal nail infections ruled out and I don't wear shoes that squash my toes.
Could anyone please advise? I speak to a different GP about this on Friday because the numbness and tingling when my feet are elevated has only just been happening as of now but with all the other problems in my feet and legs...it just makes me wonder if I am going nuts or if there is a serious problem. There are cardiovascular problems in the family history including high cholesterol, stroke and heart disease. I have Hashimotos and I am slightly undermedicated in terms of thyroid meds with everything in range but still symptomatic but I am not sure if these problems are thyroid related or not.
Any input would be welcome.