Red Feet (Foot Redness): Characteristics, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Red Feet (Foot Redness): Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

What are Red Feet?

You depend on your feet for almost all the work you do in your day-to-day life, for example, walking, standing, climbing stairs, running, and some other activities including becoming support for your whole body. The feet are made up of several complex and complicated parts such as bone, skin, muscles, and cartilage. And all these get affected in the same manner that causes red feet. However, most causes of red feet are easily curable and can be easily treated at home, some of them might turn worse and need intense examinations and treatment from experts. 

Characteristics of Red Feet/Foot Redness

Redness in feet can vary based on the following characteristics:

  • Gradual or sudden: The redness can occur within a second in case you get hit or you drop something on your feet. But the color might come into visibility even after hours of the hit.
  • Persistent and Intermittent: Sometimes it so happens that that redness in the feet plays hide and seek. That is, it might happen that the affected area appears red at once and then goes back to normal color. And then again appear after sometimes.

Covid and Red Feet (COVID toes)

The symptoms of coronavirus are not new to any of us. Some of them are:

  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Body pain

Apart from these, scientists have come up with another potential symptom of the infection, that is, red feet. Or to be more specific, the symptom appears as red bumps on the toes causing itchiness. 

Symptoms of Red Feet

Well, red feet themselves are a symptom of several foot problems such as ulcers and sores. Some of the symptoms that accompany redness in the feet are:

  • Numbness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Chills
  • Tingling
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Burning in the affected area

Causes of Red Feet

Red feet can appear due to several reasons. Also, you might have noticed that discoloration is not the only symptom of red feet. Causes of red feet are:

Skin Infection:

Skin Infection

This is a condition that occurs when bacteria surviving in your skin moves into your skin itself. Bacteria when gets into the skin results in cellulitis, a common skin infection.

Apart from redness in the feet, the following are the symptoms of skin infections:

  • Toe and foot pain
  • Toe and foot swelling.
  • Fever



Any kind of hitting or dropping off something on the feet can be enough to turn them red. The injuries may create pressure, swelling, and pain including redness.



This occurs due to certain substances. When your skin comes across substances such as gasoline or detergents like soaps and bleach, it gets inflamed. Some other symptoms of skin inflammation are:

  • Foot and toe pain
  • Rough/dry skin

Allergic Contact Dermatitis:

Allergic dermatitis

Allergens such as poison ivy and metals such as nickel, when coming in contact with your skin, cause irritation and also makes it inflamed.

In addition to redness, the other symptoms are: 

  • Toe and foot itchiness
  • Scabs on toes and feet.



Gout is a form of arthritis and causes redness in the feet. Some of the other symptoms are:

  • Pain in joint and muscle
  • Stiffness and swelling in joints
  • Swelling in toes.

Nail Infection:

Nail Infection

Known as paronychia in medical terms, nail infection is an infection that occurs when your toenail ends bend or fold. Usually, this is the result of bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, or a fungus. 

Peripheral vascular disease:

Peripheral vascular disease

The biggest reason for this kind of disease is the poor flow of blood in the affected area. And this happens because of clogged arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis.

Symptoms include:

  • Toes and feet redness
  • Toes and feet itchiness

Athlete’s foot:

Athlete's foot

Another name for Athlete’s foot is Tinea pedis. It is basically an infection, a fungal infection actually. 

Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:

  • Itchiness in the affected area
  • Peeling between toes.

Treatment for Red Foot

The treatment will depend on the intensity of the wound or the cause of redness. In case, you don’t have any severe symptoms such as worsening condition or spreading of the wound, you can treat it at home:
1. Warm or cold compress: 

Redness can be calmed down by applying a warm compress. It can reduce inflammation and will provide relief if your feet have been exposed to cold temperatures for a longer period of time. Or you can go for a cold compress also to reduce redness and irritation.

2. Over-the-counter medicine:

There are quite a few medicines available out there that can help you deal with and relax the pain, swelling, and redness of your feet. Some are:

  • ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin),
  • naproxen (Aleve), and
  • Aspirin

3. Fluid-intake:

Hydration helps if your red feet are due to some infectious cause. This helps especially when you have fever also as one of the symptoms.

When Red Foot is an Emergency?

You should seek immediate medical help if you are facing the following issues in addition to the redness of the feet:

  • Rapidly spreading and worsening of the redness
  • Increasing intensity of the foot pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • High body temperature (fever).

Note: Be extra careful if you are suffering from diseases like diabetes and kidney disease. Patients are dependent on chemotherapy or immunosuppressive medications. 

What do your feet say about your health?

Well, if seen through the light of hierarchy, our feet are the last part of the body. but if we look into this with a different light, our feet bear the burden of the whole body. it lets us stand. also, the feet tell a lot about your health-related conditions. Let’s find out which condition notifies what:

Cold Feet

Always cold toes indicate one reason that could be poor blood flow. It is circulatory problem. and this gets affected by:
On the other hand, cold feet might be telling you that you are going through nerve damages.  Other underlying conditions can include hypothyroidism and anemia.

Foot Pain

Sometimes it’s normal to have pain in your feet, especially in women because of wearing high-heels or some other kind of shoes. But if it’s not the case, and the pain still troubles you, it could be a sign of stress-facture or a small crack in a bone. Some possible reasons for this fracture can be:
  • intense exercise
  • osteoporosis

Red, White & Blue Toes

There is a condition wherein your toes turn white, then bluish, and then reddish again. This condition is called Raynaud’s disease. Vasospasms, narrowing of the skin cause it. And stress or changes in temperature causes vasospasms.

Heel Pain

Inflammation in the area where the long ligament connects to the heel bone can be the reason. You generally experience the pain when you wake in the morning and put pressure on the feet to stand.

Clubbed toes

However, in some families, the shape of the nails is clubbed naturally. Clubbed toes indicate underlying lung disease, heart disease, or even some digestive disorders. It also signals infections.

Tips For Healthy Foot

  • Don’t leave your foot unchecked even for one day. You need to avoid cuts and injuries. Checking for swelling, redness, blisters, corns, calluses, if any should be caught initially itself. Ask for someone’s help to check the bottom side of the feet. You can use a mirror also.
  • Wash your feet every day. Use warm water to do so. But never soak your foot. You just need to wash them, make them completely dry and don’t forget to apply lotions.
  • Whenever needed, trim your toenails. Don’t wait for the time to grow them long enough to cause cuts.
  • Use diabetes-friendly footwear and socks. While shopping for shoes and socks, you need to be a little more attentive if you are a diabetic. Go for full coverage shoes with more depth in the toe box.
  • Never step out barefoot. However, you should not move barefoot even when you are indoors.
  • Go easy on your foot while exercising.


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