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What could be the cause of long term (years) swelling of a toe? (sore at times, xrays clear) another toe & ankle have had short term swelling.

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Dr. Christopher Nicora
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Gout

Possible acute gouty arthritis gout (also known as podagra when it involves the big toe) is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint.
The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is the most commonly affected (approximately 50% of cases).

In brief: Gout

Possible acute gouty arthritis gout (also known as podagra when it involves the big toe) is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint.
The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is the most commonly affected (approximately 50% of cases).
Dr. Christopher Nicora
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Many possibilities

Some causes of swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication.
Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

In brief: Many possibilities

Some causes of swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication.
Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.
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Dr. John Callahan
Have your uric acid levels tested for gout.
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