• Ouch! Ouch!
    April 24, 2013
    Swollen, painful big toe?
    Ouch! Ouch!
    April 24, 2013

    My big toe aches at night and it is swollena and red. I don't have any calluses or other skin issues on the toe.  I tried to cut my toenail to see if that would help, but with no luck. I am a diabetic. What should I do about this?



  • Cort
    Health Guide
    May 05, 2013
    Health Guide
    May 05, 2013

    Be very careful about your feet if you have diabetes. It could be gout - swollen and red big toes particularly during night are a classic sign of gout. Sometimes it can be so painful that even the touch of a sheet can be painful. Generally the symptoms start to subside after a couple of days. 

    There are various ways to treat gout  - from drugs to diet. If you have gout you definitely want to adjust your diet. Here's some more information on gout. 

    Other things can cause this symptom as well - you'll need to see a doctor to find out what's going on.  Since diabetes really shows up in the feet and can cause long lasting problems there if you have any foot problems you should see a doctors. Be very careful with those toe nails :)

    Here are some links that might be helpful to you:

    What Can Be Done for Nerve Pain?

    What Your Feet Say About Your Health

    Foot Pain - Forefoot Pain



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