Cold, white toes, heel pain, arch pain

My 79 year old Mother: starting about 4 weeks ago the toes of her left foot turn cold to the touch, death-white, and cramp whenever she lays down. This week the underside of her arch began aching as well, and "feels like soft cardboard". These symptoms were preceded by left heel pain which started about 4 months ago. She has large bunions on the inside of both feet.

About 3 hours after she goes to bed each night these symptoms begin. 30 minute warm soaks get the blood flowing to her toes again, but if she goes back to bed the symptoms return within about 10 minutes. The result is that she's only getting about 3 hours of sleep each night and is exhausted. She has to refrain from lying down for 8 - 12 hours before she can even lie down for 3 hours without symptoms. She's in a lot of pain, can you please help diagnose?

Posted By ardor on April 06, 2003 at 05:37:06:

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