My toe turns white and numb

Every six months or so. One of my toes including my middle toe and my pinky toe as well as the toe in between turn white and go numb. If I dont vigirously massage it under hot water it will turn purple. It doesn't affect my foot and it only affects one toe at a time. It doesn't happen in regular intervals (i.e. it could happen once in three months or once in eight months). There is a visible line of where the discoloration starts and stops and it always stops where my toe meets my foot. Any ideas what could be going on? I mentioned it to my family doctor and he said he had no idea what was wrong. I have not been able to show a doctor because it has always happens after the doctors office is closed. It will stay numb untill I massage it under hot water but I am afraid to let it stay that way until the next day. It almost feels as if someone cut off the blood supply to my toe.

Posted By Sherra on January 25, 2005 at 22:09:01:

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