Why Are My Feet Purple

Why Are My Feet Purple?

The reason why your feet are turning purple is because of the presence of excess iron deposits in your blood. Iron is a mineral that is found naturally in many foods such as meat, eggs, milk, nuts and vegetables. When you eat these foods or take supplements containing iron they will bind with hemoglobin (the protein that carries oxygen around) which causes it to become less dense so it can carry more oxygen around your body.

Iron deficiency is common in older adults. It occurs when there isn’t enough iron in your diet. If you don’t get enough iron from food, then you may need to supplement with iron tablets or capsules. There are two types of iron: non-heme and heme.

Non-heme iron binds better with hemoglobin than does heme iron which means it doesn’t bind well at all with hemoglobin and stays stuck to other proteins instead of binding to hemoglobin. So if you have too much non-heme iron in your blood, it won’t bind to hemoglobin and stay bound up inside of your cells. This causes your red blood cells to become very thick and heavy.

If you have too little non-heme iron in your blood, it will bind with hemoglobin but won’t stay bound up inside of your cells. Instead it will circulate and get stuck to other places like your organs, this can cause things like heart failure.

How long you have had this skin condition is unknown. One of the first symptoms of a blood transfusion is purple spots on your skin. This may be due to the administration of too much non-heme iron or not enough heme iron. If you have a condition called hemochromatosis, the excess iron will continue to build up in your system causing even more problems with your organs, especially your liver and heart.

Although excess iron isn’t good for you, it is important that you don’t get too much or too little of it. There are several other possible reasons why your feet are turning purple. For instance, you may have poor blood circulation which restricts the amount of oxygen being delivered to your feet. If this is the case, it is recommended that you do something to improve your blood flow such as taking a warm bath or getting a massage.

You can also try putting heat on your feet such as a heating pad.

The excess iron in your system could also be having an effect on the color of your skin in other areas of your body such as your face or neck. It is important that you see your doctor immediately because if you have a condition called hemochromatosis, the excess iron will continue to build up in your system causing even more problems with your organs, especially your liver and heart.

Hemochromatosis is an inherited condition that causes your body to retain too much iron. The more excess iron you have, the greater the risk of organ failure. If you have this condition, you are likely in danger already, so it is important that you get treatment immediately.

Sources & references used in this article:

The Purple Terror. by G Burgess – 2019 – Good Press

The purple gallinule in the marismas of the Guadalquivir by M WHITE – Strand magazine: an illustrated monthly, 1899 – search.proquest.com

An Ambiguous’ Freedom Song’: Mind-Style in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus by J Viellard – British Birds, 1974 – britishbirds.co.uk