Brown freckles around ankles after prolonged standing?

Hello -
Im a 28 year old male in good health. I work out regularly, eat well, etc.
I began actively bodybuilding about 2 years ago, and have since gained about 50lbs (from 170 - 220).
Last May, I started a new job which demands I be on my feet 50 - 60 hours a week. Six weeks into this job, I began to notice brown freckles around my ankles. I asked my doctor about them and he said it looked like fluid retention frorm edema, or swelling in the lower extremities. He asked me to check for swelling, which I did, 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, before bed) for a month. Nothing, no swelling whatsoever.
He was at a loss so he made an appointment for me with a dermatologist, but I have since relocated to another city and I never made it. Im on me feet even more at the place Im at now, and the freckling has become more dense.
Im concerned it could be a circulation issue but I have no signs at all of poor circulation. My feet dont get cold, cuts heal fast, I dont get athelete's foot, etc.
So what could be causing the marks on my feet? Im sure its from all the work I do standing up - after a week's vacation when I just relaxed and kicked my feet up, the brown mottling on my ankles faded noticeably. Could it be from the relatively fast weight gain, combined with 60 hours a week of standing up? Is there anything I can do to alleviate it? Would compression socks help?
Any advice or help would really be appreciated, I cant find anything related to this condition anywhere, and my doc being baffled confuses me even more.


Posted By Chris on February 22, 2004 at 05:59:25:

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