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What are ways to treat big toe joint that is swollen?

What are ways to treat big toe joint that is swollen?

Get at the cause: See your doctor for an evaluation. X-rays and/or lab tests may be necessary to diagnose what exactly is going on. It sounds like arthritis, and there are many different types of arthritis. If it is at the base of the joint, and there is bump on the side, it could be a bunion. See your doctor for a more specific answer. ...Read more

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DIP joint of big toe red and swollen, third time in 3 months, last for 2 weeks but doesnt heal 100% and keeps coming back, urid acid OK. Xray Ok?

DIP joint of big toe red and swollen, third time in 3 months, last for 2 weeks but doesnt heal 100% and keeps coming back, urid acid OK.
Xray Ok?

Big toe pain: it could be caused by gout. With acute gout attack the uric acid may not be elevated but in the upper limits of normal. Also you only see changes in the X-Ray if it is chronic gout where there has been joint damage. Other possibility could be infection. Try changing your diet and cut down on your protein intake. This should usually resolve acute gout attacks. If it does not then see a doctor ...Read more

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I hurt my big toe underneath the joint that connects it to the foot and it is very swollen. If it was broken, what would the doctor do for it? Thanks.

I hurt my big toe underneath the joint that connects it to the foot and it is very swollen. If it was broken, what would the doctor do for it? Thanks.

Depends: If it's broken, the two options would be surgery versus conservative treatment. Surgery might be necessary if the fractured bone segments are seperated from each other or if the joint is involved. Conservative options could include immobilization in a cast or splint. ...Read more

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I think that I broke my big toe. It's swollen and there's a purple bruise over the joint that won't bend. It hurts pretty bad. Should I go to er?

I think that I broke my big toe. It's swollen and there's a purple bruise over the joint that won't bend. It hurts pretty bad. Should I go to er?

Hallux fracture: To reduce the pain apply ice to your toe for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
The only way to find a fracture is to have it X-rayed. The large toe can be splinted to reduce pain by the doctor in the ER. If there is pain or discoloration at the base of your large toe toward the rest of your foot you need to have it x-rayed as this bone is important in supporting your foot. ...Read more

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Bunionectomy with 2 surgical screws placed. I'm 5wk post op. Still very swollen/sore & stiffness in big toe joint area. Is this normal at this point?

Bunionectomy with 2 surgical screws placed. I'm 5wk post op. Still very swollen/sore & stiffness in big toe joint area. Is this normal at this point?

Healing: The healing process for most surgical wounds is 6-8 weeks. The inside part is usually around the same, but obviously variable. I would suggest calling your surgeon to find out for your case. May want to bring you in for a follow up exam as well. Time heals all wounds... Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am experiencing big toe pain (quality: warm to touch, pain in joint) . The following also describe me: Joint swelling, Foot pain, Swollen foot, and Difficulty walking. What should I do?

I am experiencing  big toe pain (quality: warm to touch, pain in joint) . The following also describe me: Joint swelling, Foot pain, Swollen foot, and Difficulty walking. What should I do?

Urgent care: Pain, swelling, and warmth point to an inflammatory cause rather than a mechanical cause such as osteoarthrosis or ill-fitting shoes. Gout is high on the list of diagnoses but unusual at age 21. What concerns me are the possibilities of infection or fracture. I would seek help urgently through your primary care physician or urgent care. ...Read more

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Joint @ base of my second toe on top of my foot(not the ball) is swollen. Started w/mild discomfort when I curled my toes. Now painful and swollen.

Joint @ base of my second toe on top of my foot(not the ball) is swollen. Started w/mild discomfort when I curled my toes. Now painful and swollen.

See Podiatrist: Any warmth, tenderness, red or purple coloration, or limited range of motion? Any trauma? Don't know your age or past history? A podiatrist is likely to be able to accurately diagnose the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more

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2 dys ago woke upw sudden foot pain. the pain is located in left foot along outside. small toe joint seems to be swollen and is red. hurts to walk on?

2 dys ago woke upw sudden foot pain. the pain is located in left foot along outside. small toe joint seems to be swollen and is red. hurts to walk on?

Foot pain: How much do you weigh & do you have a history of gout? Any trauma? What is your diet like? Consult with us to see if you need an xray or blood work to determine underlying cause. ...Read more

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I have been having a sharp pain in my second toe on my right foot. It consitant and came on suddenly. When touched or in shoes it hurts more. Seems to ach when laying down. Looks swollen. Pain in tip of toe and joint pain under nail. Numb foot?

I have been having a sharp pain in my second toe on my right foot. It consitant and came on suddenly. When touched or in shoes it hurts more. Seems to ach when laying down. Looks swollen. Pain in tip of toe and joint pain under nail. Numb foot?

Toe pain: These are signs of inflammation or injury. If there's no history of trauma or abnormal pressure on the toe from tight footwear, inflammation from gout, other forms of arthritis, ingrown toenail or infection are possibilities. A podiatrist would be best to evaluate,advise and treat you. In the meantime administer warm water soaks until examined. ...Read more

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What causes swollen joint on my foot?

What causes swollen joint on my foot?

Swollen joint: There are many reasons why this could occur. It may be repetitive stress, arthritis, gout, inflammation of the joint tissue, a cartilage tear, etc. The best thing is to see a podiatrist and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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The top of my left foot right b4 the ankle joint is swollen and hurts quite a bit. Have it elevated but not much relief. No trauma/injury. Hurt to up?

The top of my left foot right b4 the ankle joint is swollen and hurts quite a bit. Have it elevated but not much relief. No trauma/injury.  Hurt to up?

See a podiatrist: It might be caused by arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, ganglion or be due to an underlying bone disorder. A proper examination and [likely] x-ray studies will help establish a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Hello, yesterday I dropped a metal pole on my foot and now the area of my MTP joint is bruised and swollen. Could it be broken? Do I need an x-Ray?

Hello, yesterday I dropped a metal pole on my foot and now the area of my MTP joint is bruised and swollen. Could it be broken? Do I need an x-Ray?

RICE treatment.: If you haven't already, it would be helpful to Rest you foot. Use an Ice application. Mild compression splinting and elevation are the initial treatment instructions. There is no way of telling if there is a fracture or just soft tissue damage. to remove all doubt you will need to visit a clinic for an X-ray. ...Read more

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20 year old female soft swollen lump on the medial inside of foot just below ankle joint is more defined when I flex. If I press on =no pain scared ?

20 year old female soft swollen lump on the medial inside of foot just below ankle joint is more defined when I flex. If I press on =no pain scared ?

Skin lump: Many patients will get soft tissue cysts, bone spurs or even fatty deposits that all can be described as skin lumps. If you are concerned get an exam for the best diagnosis and treatment if needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I am experiencing foot pain and painful swollen joints (side: left) (worsened by: with movement) (severity: severe) (quality: feels sharp or stabb...

I am experiencing  foot pain and painful swollen joints (side: left) (worsened by: with movement) (severity: severe) (quality: feels sharp or stabb...

How long: How long have you been experiencing these symptoms? A good place to start is with any recent changes. If you have new shoes or have increased your activity lately these may be the cause. If you have experienced a fall or injury lately, you may have a sprain or bruise. RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Also try some tylenol or motrin to see if this helps with the pain. ...Read more

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The ganglion cyst on top of my foot has dissipated again. Now foot is swollen and and the joints are painful. Going on 6 days, and it's starting to radiate. Are these likely connected? Should I go to the podiatrist?

The ganglion cyst on top of my foot has dissipated again. Now foot is swollen and and the joints are painful. Going on 6 days, and it's starting to radiate. Are these likely connected? Should I go to the podiatrist?

See the : Podiatrist good idea. They can be related. Gangling cysts often arise from tendon or joints. On the too of the foot near the first met cuneiform joint sometimes there is spurring of bone, this can pinch a nerve as well as allow ganglionic cyst to develop. ...Read more

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What could cause the base joint of your big toe to swell?

Arthritis: There are several forms of arthritis that can cause the toe to swell, including gout, rheumatoid, psoriatic, and reactive arthritis. Bunions can also cause a swelling at the base of the first toe as well as degenerative arthritis and trauma. ...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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What is wrong with my big toe if it is swollen?

What is wrong with my big toe if it is swollen?

Many possibilities: Could be a fracture, strain, sprain, infection, gout, many different systemic diseases, etc. See a podiatrist for a physical exam and possibly x-ray. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more