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Pinky toe gout? Picture Included

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Unregistered, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

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    Me: Early twenties, average weight, exercise frequently, not big on meats, drink good amount of water,

    I was taking a few days off from running to let my feet slowly adjust to my new properly fitting shoes. The day before I was to run again suddenly in the middle of the night and without warning my pinky toe gets inflamed with sharp pains. This is Day 4 and I've gain some movement back. Doesn't feel like a break (and I've broken my pinky toes twice in the past two years so I think I'd know!) and I haven't run into anything that I've noticed. The pain is worse at night and in the morning.

    I'm going into a quicky clinic tomorrow but I want to make sure they other things if nothing shows up on the x-rays. I need to get back to exercising and I can't do that with this toe!

    Thanks in advance
  2. AussiePod

    AussiePod New Member


    Certainly could be gout, but i cant be sure.

    sometimes skin infections can present similar to gout, so it's good that you are seeing your doctor.

    Apply covered ice for 20 minutes to help with the pain until you have it seen to.
  3. davidmednick

    davidmednick New Member

    It's good that you are visiting a clinic tomorrow. It is bit difficult to diagnose it from just a picture. But if it turns gout, take proper measures like avoid food that contains high purine like spinach, cauliflower, mushroom, organ meat, yeast and drink lots of water and other fluids, also avoid alcohol.
  4. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I have the exact same thing. What was the prognosis???
  5. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Just came from my primary doc -- I presented the same way (pinky toe); my toe looks like yours. He said it's unlikely to be gout as gout usually doesn't make an appearance in the pinky toe alone. He believes it's cellulitis.
    Today is Wednesday and I'd had a pedicure this past Saturday; I started feeling mild pain on Sunday night that kept building until I was in a lot of pain yesterday. It's smooth, and getting more pink and swollen. As yesterday, it's shiny where it's most raised. He said the pedicure tools may have introduced bacteria.
    Treatment: He prescribed antibiotics (Clindamycin, 300 mg, 3x per day) and warm-to-hot compresses so the Rx will work better on a dilated area. (Cold feels better, but he said only if I had a trauma there. He said I probably would have presented with a bruise if it was a break or bad trauma -- and I would have remembered hurting it, too.) He said there's nothing topical for the pain that I can use, and to just use NSAIDs as needed.
    He ruled out MRSA (no lesions/broken skin/oozing); it's much more typical of cellulitis. He also ruled out osteomyelitis.
    I'm to see him this Friday if I still have bad pain and no changes for the better.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  6. Sal

    Sal Guest

    Have you ever heard of chiliblains? I live in upstate ny and was out side everyday for a week and my feet got frozen and wet from my crappy boots. I guess chiliblains look exactly like this. It’s when your feet experience one extreme temp to another. So if you were in the cold and then took a shower this could happen

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