Swollen, itchy, toes - get second opinion?

Hello. I for the past week two of the toes on my right foot have been swollen and itchy. In the morning when i wake up my toes feel red, swollen, hot, tight, and itchy....not really painful but uncomfortable. during the day they are still swollen but not really red. the skin feels sore and itchy. it doesn't hurt to bend but walking is a little uncomfortable and it hurts a little when i squeeze the toe. There is a red patch of irritated skin on the inner side which seems to be the source of the swelling. I did see a podiatrist who diagnosed it a vascular problem exacerbated by the cold weather. i do sit have poor circulation in my feet and sitting at work all day in a chilly office makes this diagnosis likely. However, the swelling and tightness in the morning alarms me, and I've read article on the web about psoratic arthitis and RA, which scares me more. Do you think it's worth getting a second opinion to rule these things out?

Posted By frankie on December 16, 2005 at 10:39:20:

Lined with soft fabric on both sides, this ~2mm thick SiliposŪ proprietary gel pad is an excellent cushion to help relieve the burning sensation and discomfort of the five metatarsal heads of the foot (the ball-of-foot) by protecting the ball of foot from repeated friction and abrasion with the shoes.

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