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    Gouty Big Toe

    Gouty Big Toe

    Picture of gout in the big toe

    Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia usually does no harm. But sometimes when uric acid levels in the blood are too high, uric acid forms crystals that build up in the joints. The crystals can cause a gout attack. A gout attack typically causes pain, swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) in a single joint, most often the big toe.

    By Healthwise Staff
    Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
    Last Revised June 12, 2012

    Last Revised: June 12, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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