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Gout Affects Joints in the Big Toe

Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause severe pain and discomfort. Gout develops due to excess uric acid in the body which leads to the formation of sharp crystals in the joints. These crystals can trigger inflammation and cause intense pain, often affecting the big toe, knees, ankles, and other joints. Several factors can contribute to gout, such as a diet rich in purines found in red meat, seafood, and sugary drinks. Family history, obesity, and certain medications can also contribute to gout. To manage this condition, you must make healthy lifestyle choices, which include eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water. Medications can help reduce pain and control uric acid levels. Early diagnosis and proper management are pivotal in preventing gout attacks and potential joint damage. If you experience joint pain in the big toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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