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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Why does my big toe joint randomly swell up and get sore. I went to the doctor to get tested for gout but they said I don't have it any ideas?

Why does my big toe joint randomly swell up and get sore. I went to the doctor to get tested for gout but they said I don't have it any ideas?

May still be gout: This could still be gout or another crystal induced arthritis. In order to tell you will need to see a doctor who can take fluid out of the toe when it is swollen and check it under a microscope. There are also many other types of arthritis and some non arthritis diseases which can affect someone your age and cause toe swelling. If your family doctor is unsure see a rheumatologist next. ...Read more

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Woke up on Tuesday with a very swollen big toe. It’s red and warm to the touch. Can’t bend it. Possibility of gout or something else?

Woke up on Tuesday with a very swollen big toe. It’s red and warm to the touch. Can’t bend it. Possibility of gout or something else?

Gout can do this: You certainly describe the presentation of gout. The big toe is extremely common place for gout to affect. However, you are young for gout unless you have a medical issues such as kidney problems or other rare medical conditions. I assume you did not injure the toe. You need to be evaluated where labs can be checked including a uric acid level and kidney function. Joint aspiration also may be done ...Read more

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My big toe and side of foot is red and swollen from gout I took my meds what else can I do for pain iam 66 yr old.

My big toe and side of foot is red and swollen from gout I took my meds what else can I do for pain iam 66 yr old.

Stay off your foot: If you have already been prescribed medicine to control your gout attacks, take the pressure off your foot and rest in order to help alleviate your discomfort. ...Read more

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I've been taking Lisinopril 10mg for over 9 months... And suddenly I started to have a swollen big toe (most likely gout attack). I'm pretty disciplined in terms of food and exercise... So after doing some research I found out that might be a side-effect

I've been taking Lisinopril 10mg for over 9 months... And suddenly I started to have a swollen big toe (most likely gout attack). I'm pretty disciplined in terms of food and exercise... So after doing some research I found out that might be a side-effect

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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Big toe is stiff and swollen but do not have gout. What is it?

Big toe is stiff and swollen but do not have gout. What is it?

Big toe stiff: You might have degenerative joint disease (wear and tear of the joint) it might be related to an old injury. That might cause stiffness and swelling in the big toe joint.
Go to the podiatrist and have the toe x-ray to evaluate the condition of the joint and to see what additional treatment you might need. ...Read more

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I have the gout and it's made my big toe huge. Is there a way to lower it (stop the swollen toe)?

See a podiatrist: You need to get your gout under control with proper diet and medicine.
A cortisone injection will help the pain and swelling. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from gout. Stopped hurting but my big toe is still swollen after weeks. What should I do? Very uncomfortable

See a rheumatologist: You need a full evaluation and treatment program. This is best developed by a rheumatologist. You will need to becertain that you are on medications that can facilitate this. ...Read more

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My big toe and the area around it is red, swollen, and painful. Might be gout. What are foods I should eat and avoid? Should I ice it? Thank you!!

Maybe not so easy.: More to the point, before trying to self diagnose, have it examined and eliminate all doubt. Your symptoms seem to describe a gouty condition, and could very well be, but controlling diet may be only part of the solution. Your doctor can supply all the necessary information, as well as instruction, to help you deal with this. ...Read more

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For months, I have had acute intermittent pain in the joint of my right big toe (where it connects to the foot). I don't have any standard risk factors for gout. I am active and I am not overweight. What should I do?

Osteoarthritis?: It could be gout, but even without treatment it is unlikely for an acute gout attack to last this long, or to be so intermittent. This is more likely osteoarthritis. An exam and maybe a radiograph should be able to settle the diagnosis quickly and easily. ...Read more

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Taking Lisinopril for 10+ months & suddenly got a swollen big toe (most likely "Gout" according to ER). Healthy lifestyle. Possible side effect??

AsLongAsYouDidntStub: If it didn't hurt like stink then the liklihood of gout is very low. If it itched a lot then it was probably an allergic reaction to something local like an insect bite. But if it just swelled up out of nowhere, no itch, no pain, then it could be related to the lisinopril. That's an unusual location for "angioedema, " but if in doubt, talk to your doctor about this. It could get worse. ...Read more

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On diuretic, if become moderately dehydrated big toes get red/swollen from tip to and including base joint. Is this gout?

Probably not: This is not gout unless it is accompanied by intense pain and tenderness usually localized at the joint at the base of the great toe. ...Read more

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Left foot swollen, reddish, and warm to touch. Major pain by big toe and heel. Came out of nowhere. Could it be anything other than gout? Thx in advnc

Left foot swollen, reddish, and warm to touch. Major pain by big toe and heel. Came out of nowhere. Could it be anything other than gout? Thx in advnc

INFECTION?: The WHOLE foot is hot, red, swollen, but two major areas of pain? Are you diabetic? No open sores? Can you take your temperature; do you have a fever? It could be gout, but two spots at the same time is unusual. It could be cellulitis, a bacterial infection. A doctor really has to see it to decide; maybe some blood work. ...Read more

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Only 200mg of sodium today. Both feet toes are swollen. Severe pain in big toes and toe joints. Crying. Inside both feet hurts and when bending toes. Told too young for gout but have all symptoms.

Gout: You are youngish but not too old for gout. I would recommend some bloodwork to r/o gout and some types of arthritis
cbc, uric acid, crp, sed rate, RA latex etc
(note this is advice only. You must contact your primary care physician or podiatrist for an examination). ...Read more

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Big toe pain (quality: warm to touch, pain in joint). Possibly gout. However, uric acid levels are always in normal range. What else could it be?

Big toe pain (quality: warm to touch, pain in joint). Possibly gout. However, uric acid levels are always in normal range. What else could it be?

Walks like a duck?: Don't be too anxious to discount possible gout. There is more to it than having a elevated uric acid. You need to look at the quality of your diet and life style, genetics, age, body type and degree of swelling, heat and pain. The time tested method of securing the diagnosis of gout is evaluation of the joint fluid. To remove all doubt, have your toe evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more

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I been have a sharp in my big toe joint for about 3 months and my doctor didn't find any and ruled out gout I work standing on my feet. Once I remove my shoe the pain goes away?

I been have a sharp in my big toe joint for about 3 months and my doctor didn't find any and ruled out gout I work standing on my feet. Once I remove my shoe the pain goes away?

Great tie pain: Can’ be something from as simple as Poorly fitting shoes but also other conditions such as Hallux rigididus or
Turf toe or a neuroma or a bunion or a adjacent stiffnor
Hammertoe
Can throw
Off your gait with shoes on see a podiatrist or
An ortho foot specialist ...Read more

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I have my foot swollen from gout, what is the most effective treatment for it?

Anti-inflammatories: Acute gout is best treated with anti-inflammatory medications. Naproxyn, indomethacin, Ibuprofen and many other type drugs work well. Some physicians will use steroid drugs like prednisone. This all depends on your medical history and medicaitons you are on. Colchinine works very wee also but is an older treatment. All have side effects. Not all are comfortable using colchicine. ...Read more

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I'm q 23yr old male and I have had a sharp pain inside my left foot especially when I waok, it's not swollen, never had gout n pressure is normal. Help?

I'm q 23yr old male and I have had a sharp pain inside my left foot especially when I waok, it's not swollen, never had gout n pressure is normal. Help?

Plantar fasciitis?: With the limited info given, I can only guess plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the fascia/arch ligaments. This can be quite painful and persists for months without proper treatment. Stress fracture is also a possibility, or metatarsal syndrome (carpal tunnel equivalent in your food/ankle).
If it is bothersome, consult doc, podiastrist for proper eval and treatment...
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a lot going on health wise. However I have sore swollen foot the top of the and pain full all over mostly the bottom. Is this gout or a sprain?

Needs diagnosis: Gout is acute, exquisite pain generally occurring at night or early morning. It is characterized by swelling, redness and intense hypersensitivity to touch. Your problem requires some diagnostic imaging and an exam to diagnose. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My foot thumb has swollen by gout...i have take medical with cataflam (diclofenac) 50 mg drug...its ok now. But the swell still there...what should I do?

My foot thumb has swollen by gout...i have take medical with cataflam (diclofenac) 50 mg drug...its ok now. But the swell still there...what should I do?

Takes quality time.: Many patients seem to think that the correct way to treat gout is to manage the symptoms at the time of the acute attack. The inflammation causing pain is only one characteristic of gout. The long term swelling will take a more long term, managed control of the disorder. For this you will need a physician, experienced in managing all the issues involved in effectively controlling gout. ...Read more

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I have an achy throbbing pain in my leg leg and foot, with foot being worse, my ankle is swollen warm not hot. Neither is like gout or neuropathy pain?

I have an achy throbbing pain in my leg leg and foot, with foot being worse, my ankle is swollen warm not hot. Neither is like gout or neuropathy pain?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Sore & swollen foot after the gout has been gone for 2 weeks now its purple & skin peeling any explaination?

Get reevaluated: Skin peeling is normal as the swelling goes down after the gout resolves. Purple is congestion where blood is being pooled in the toe as it is slowed down in its return to the heart. If the pain was completely resolved and returned or the same see you doctor. If it is improving then its normal. ...Read more

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Ball of right foot swollen, painful. Felt tight & couldn't bend. Doc said poss gout? 3 days later blood test level were 5.5. Cherry juice healed it.

Ball of right foot swollen, painful. Felt tight & couldn't bend. Doc said poss gout? 3 days later blood test level were 5.5. Cherry juice healed it.

Whether or not. ..: Hyperuricemia will continue to build up uric acid deposits in your body. It can also cause kidney disease, apart from kidney stones. Allopurinol can be taken at 100mg-300mg doses quite safely by most. You are in a trap by the idea that you treat gout attacks. You do not. You stop their recurring. 90 days of Allopurinol at $10.00 is much cheaper and more effective than cherry juice (tart), . ...Read more

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My dad has a swollen foot. Doctor told him he's a gout but a blood test shows his uric acid level as normal. Is it possible? What to do?

See below: A uric acid level can be high, low, or normal in gout but it can also be high, low, or normal when one does not have gout. When in doubt, your dad could see a rheumatologist who can perform an arthrocentesis (to drain fluid) from his foot and that can confirm the presence of gout. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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