Gout is a type of arthritis that commonly affects the toe. It used to be called the “disease of kings” because only the wealthy could afford to eat rich foods like meat and alcohol. Unfortunately, these foods can trigger gout, and today, they are more accessible to many people.
Another thing you might not know about gout is that it doesn’t just affect the toe. It can affect other joints too such as the wrist, fingers, ankles, knees, and elbows. So, if you feel pain in these areas, you may have an incoming gout attack. Ignoring the warning signs of a gout attack can have negative consequences. Over time, gout flares can become more intense and can even cause you to be immobile. Here are the common warning signs of a gout attack you should know…
Pain in the Big Toe
Gout attacks can be quite painful. In fact, gout patients often describe the pain as throbbing or crushing. If the pain occurs in your big toe, then this could be a warning sign that it’s a gout attack.
When uric acid crystals settle in the joint, your body’s response is to fight it. This is what causes the gout attack. The result is an inflamed joint that’s swollen, warm, and red. It can be very painful to touch. Even the slightest brush of a bedsheet can send you to tears!
Further, sometimes the skin that covers the joint can get flaky and begin peeling. It can be very tempting to scratch this area but as mentioned above, it’s the last thing you want to do considering the intense pain you might feel.