What Causes Dark Spots on Feet?

What Causes Dark Spots on Feet?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

Why do I have a painful black dot under the skin on my heel, and what could be the possible causes and recommended treatments for this condition?


Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


1. Trauma or Injury: A bruise or blood clot beneath the skin due to a recent injury or trauma.

2. Foreign Object: It's possible that a foreign object, such as a splinter or thorn, has become embedded in the skin.

3. Callus or Corn: A painful black dot could be a result of a callus or corn on the heel.

4. Infection: In some cases, skin infections, such as a localized abscess, might present with pain and discoloration.

5. Dermatological Conditions: Certain skin conditions, like a melanocytic nevus (mole) or other pigmentation disorders, may cause discoloration.

6.Vascular Issues: In rare cases, vascular problems can cause skin discoloration and pain.



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