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Gout In Toes Why Do They Turn Blue
I've had this burning pain near my big toe for the past 3 days. Can a gout attack appear out of the blue in men under 50 who are otherwise healthy?
Go to hospital now: I'm not convinced that gout has anything to do w/toes turning black. But if you have any pain at all in your toes, go to hospital now for an evaluation. I'd be worried about some ischemic issues leading to gangrene of some sort. Bottom line, body parts typically don't turn color as described unless blood flow is compromised. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with gout in my toe. Was wondering if it can be controlled with diet so that I don't have to go on meds or take them regularly.?
It can: Gout is monoarticular and usually affects one joint per attack. 75% of the time the first metataralphalangeal joint. It is possible the secondary spot hurts cause you are altering your waking pattern. While less common, it is plausible you had two attacks, but in 16 years of practicing, I have never seen 2 simultaneous attacks. ...Read more
Many possibilites: Cause of pain may include tight shoes, gout, sprain, bursitis, fracture, contusion, neuritis, but of course there are a multitude of other possibilities. Things that may help minimize your pain include: wearing shoes with a wider toe box, padding or strapping, oral nsaids. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more
I am 24 years old and just had gout on my big toe. Once meds have been completed does your toe go back to looking normal?
There is swelling in left toe but no pain and I have gout with uwric acid level 5.8.How to remove or cure the swelling? Please reply
Anti inflammatories: Acute gout causes swelling and pain in a joint like the big toe. It is common for docs to treat it with a med like indomethacin (a prescription NSAID). Chronic gout can cause uric acid deposits in joints to develop called tophi. These are not often painful but can cause swelling in joints that don't resolve right away. Talk to your doc to discuss these issues and treatment options. ...Read more
I have been exercising with fast paced walk 40mins a day. Now my toe is feeling pain as if gout is gonna flair up. Is this normal?
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
First, you need to: Verify that it is indeed gout. A blood test will usually confirm the presence of a high or nigh-normal level of uric acid. If it is, then you will need some form of antiinflammatory medication. Each doctor has his/her favorite--colchicine, naprosyn (my favorite), indocin, sulindac, and more. Otc aleve, (naproxen) similar to naprosyn, can be good to try until you have your foot examined. ...Read more
What to do if I have terrible pain in my big toe from an attack of the gout. How do I treat the pain?
Gout: Start with a look at your diet. Foods high in purines...Red meat, alcohol, sweets....The list goes on. Then check hydration drink water and consider antiinflammatories like Ibuprofen or naproxen....Dose as directed if you can take this kind of med. Then call your doc to see if you need to treat the condition long term. ...Read more
I had gout 2 weeks ago. Now that the swelling is gone, I am still having aching pain at my toes area. What should I do?
Both my second toes get swollen on and off only fall through spring. They turn red & hot lasts 1-2wks then goes away tested neg. For gout!?
See a rheumatologist: Gout is still one possibility. Sometimes the uric acid in the blood is falsely low during an attack. Although difficult to do from a small second toe joint, seeing crystals in joint fluid is the gold standard test for gout. You can also get a dual energy cat scan of the foot which may show gout. Other types of arthritis can mimic gout. Please see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Dr dx gout based on symptoms of sudden bad pain in big toe area randomly. Why would attack randomly occur even when diet is consistent daily?
I feel a pain under my big toe that feels like I have a splinter but I don't. What can it be? Someone mentioned it may be gout? Feet in good shape.
Tendonitis: If you're sure it's not a splinter it could be irritation of the fibrous connections under your toe. In my experience gout does often occur at the big joint of the big toe, but it is more severe than splinter pain. Take Aspirin or Acetaminophen (generic tylenol) and watch what happens. If pain persists or infection sets in, see a doctor. Soaking in plain water may help if it's tiny wood or glass. ...Read more
Besides antinflamatories, any good remedies for painful osteoarthritis in my big toes? I don't think its gout because it is there every night after wk.
Not likely: Gout in the large toe joint is due to high uric acid in the blood. The uric acid deposits in the large toe joint and usually stays there causing inflammation. It can certainly look like an infection, but a good history and lab tests can usually discern between gout and infection. ...Read more
Gout? R these tophi? I have 6 of them in a cluster. I am in so much pain. Especially big toe. Http://flic. Kr/p/ejttas http://flic. Kr/p/ejnkzv
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