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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 05, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: covid toes   symptoms  

We are all familiar with some of the common symptoms a coronavirus patient may have like fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. But as we learn more about COVID-19, we see an emergence of newer symptoms. One such symptom dubbed “COVID toes” by many experts might be the latest sign of coronavirus infection.

Although this condition has not affected a majority of people, many who have been tested positive are young adults and children. Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, NY is sharing information on the newest possible symptom.

COVID toes are purplish-bluish-reddish like lesions that appear on the skin of the feet, especially the toes, and usually hurt when touched. Some patients have reported a burning sensation in the affected areas.

An interesting feature of COVID toes is that patients who have this condition don’t seem to exhibit any other commonly known symptoms of the coronavirus, such as fever, fatigue, cough, and respiratory problems.

Some doctors have observed that this may be an early warning sign indicating the progression of the disease. However, in some people, the condition of COVID toes disappeared in a week or 10 days. Considering that this condition appears in younger patients, the disappearance may be attributed to them having a stronger immune system.

Experts have highlighted two possible reasons for the occurrence of COVID toes:

  • It could be due to clotting in the blood vessels.

  • There may be inflammation occurring in the feet and toes owing to the presence of the virus in the patient’s body.

While most critical patients suffering from respiratory distress have passed away due to systematic inflammation; neither of the above-mentioned causes can be confirmed at this time, as this research is still in its initial stages and a more in-depth study is required.

Doctors have advised that people who notice any unusual patterns or skin discoloration on their feet should seek medical help immediately. Even if they test negative for coronavirus, being quarantined at home is strongly recommended to avoid infecting other members of the family and others in the community where they reside. We are here for you – contact us by telephone 718-624-7537, live chat, or book on-line via our scheduling system.