Holidays and birthdays are times of great celebration, and as is customary, times of great food, friends, and family. With big parties come big appetites and joyous frivolities. A temporary reprieve from our normal diet to indulge a little is generally harmless, but occasionally we see patients who present with a severely painful big toe joint that come out of nowhere. Most people take it easy for a few days and heal up with no issues, but sometimes the pain continues or worsens. A google search will bring up a slew of diagnoses, some appropriate, some far-fetched, but patients usually self-diagnose and are correct in realizing they are having a flare-up of gout.
Gout happens when uric acid, a compound formed by our body from the foods we eat, overwhelms our body and causes a localized inflammatory reaction that can occur in any joint, but for some reason prefers the big toe joint. Patients report their toe is hot, red, swollen, and is so painful, even a sheet touching it will cause severe discomfort. There are many ways that we treat gout, but the first step (no pun intended) is to come in and be evaluated by one of our amazing podiatrists. We will help you get the relief you need and keep you on your feet.