Ebbing says ‘COVID toes’ was discovered in March by Italian doctors. Once word spread of the unusual diagnosis, doctors in the United States began recognizing more cases.
There are two running hypotheses on what could cause “COVID toes.” One possible explanation, Ebbing said, is that there is an inflammatory response more localized to a patient’s foot and toes. Or it could be a clotting of blood vessels.
Although patients with “COVID toes” are more likely to test negative for COVID-19, as the virus is in its earliest stages, he said patients should quarantine at home and monitor closely for developing symptoms