When excess uric acid crystals collect in and around the toe
joints - especially the big toe - it is called Gout. Uric
acid crystals are like sharp little needles that "prick" and
irritate the joint. As a result of high concentrations of
uric acid in the blood stream, the crystals form in several
locations throughout the body, but are most painful near the
The condition can be from a mild discomfort to
very painful. A "burning pain" is often used to describe the
feeling. Toe joints are usually swollen, red and stiff. Skin
tenderness and pain is also experienced even with the slightest touch of a
bed sheet drifting across your toes. Some people even cut their
shoes to ease the pressure on their toes.
Gout usually affects more men than women and usually those
in their 40's & 50's. Some 2.1 million Americans have
gout... that's approximately 840 out of every 100,000
Gout is more common in those suffering from obesity,
hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes.
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