fourth toe, right foot, with blister , dark skin and pain

Dear Doctor. My mother is 82 years old. Between 3 and 4 months ago, she developed a pain in her fourth toe, right foot. Two months ago I took her to a dermathologist, the dermathologist removed a bunion on the fifth toe. It seeemed that the bunion pressed the fourth toe. In another clinic the doctor said that she needed surgery to remove a bone growth that caused the problem. At least since two months ago, she developed a big blister between the fourth and fifth toe, with liquid oozing and bad smell. A doctor recommended sulphas application. One month ago I took her to a traumatologist who took an x-ray and said there was no justification for surgery because there was no bone growth. Traumatologist said she has claw-toes and advised to clear an insole and if it did not allevaiate the problem, to return for a special contraption to be designed for her foot. Another doctor examined her a week ago and said that she has fungus and provided an anti-micotic cream. I asked my mother to stay without shoes for several hours a day and apply sulphas and the anti-micotic cream, the blister started to close, liquid stopped oozing and no more bad smell. It seems that it is is not completely closed, but at least it is better than two weeks ago. Important point, all the time she has a slightly darker colour in her fourth toe, than the rest of the foot. Six years ago she underwent radical mastectomy on one breast. For several years she has seen her right foot kind of enlarged at the ankle, it has been repeatedly indicated by several doctors that there is poor blood circulation in her foot. What is most frustrating for me, after consulting dermathologist, traumatologist, internal medicine specialists, that there is no clear cut diagnosis. I am thinking of taking her to a podiatrist. Kindly advise. Thank you Doctor.

Posted By thomas braun on October 10, 2002 at 12:38:53:

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