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10 Most Common Symptoms of Gout

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Gout is a condition that affects the joints, but often causes damage around the big toe. When people complain about gout, you will usually notice that they have a problem with their foot. The condition occurs as a result of sodium urate crystals forming around a joint, and getting inside of the joint.

There are lots of symptoms, which obviously include pain.

The condition is caused by uric acid building up in the blood. This acid is a waste product that the body always makes and is usually excreted through urine. When the substance is not properly removed however, it begins to form crystals that take the shape of short, sharp needles that slowly grow and inflict serious pain within joints. Commonly the big toe’s joints become seriously damaged making it difficult to walk.

Every person will be different but you can rest assured that doctors are able to help relive the problem and ease your pain. If you’re wondering if you have something to be concerned about, take a look at these top 10 symptoms of gout and see if they are the same symptoms that you are experiencing.

1. Toe pain

As mentioned, the big toe is usually the first joint to be affected. In some cases, it’s the only joint affected! The first signal is that the big toe begins to hurt. The pain will begin on the toe joint furthest from the toenail, and along with the pain you should notice some considerable swelling as the body tries to solve the problem and protect the damaged area from any further problems or damage.

2. Constant tenderness

Along with the pain, you should begin experiencing tenderness that expands further than just the joint of the big toe. You’ll find that the base of the joint is particularly tender, with the feeling spreading up the foot and in some cases further up the leg.

If it is just one of your big toes affected by gout, the pain will rise slowly up past the ankle and leg on just the one side. This tenderness can last for many weeks making it difficult to walk. In some cases the problem will simply continue for as long as you don’t get it treated, so be sure to speak to a doctor as soon as you can.