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The bone under my big toe is giving me severe pain and the

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The bone under my big toe is giving me severe pain and the top of my foot is red and swollen I have R.A.

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This is likely related to gout

These are classic symptoms.

gout is a high uric acid level in the body and then it deposits in a joint and causes severe pain and inflammation.

It is treated with anti inflammatories like ibuprofen, steroids and a drug called colchicine.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I am just back from my podiatrist where she informed me that I have a very bad infection under a corn on my big toe .She has sent me for x-rays ,blood tests and arranged for me to start antibiotics she sounded quite concerned due to me being diabetic and having R.A.and having bypass on arteries to my legs.She removed a lot of green puss before dressing it and telling me to rest up and put no weight on it .Is she right to be concerned

This sounds like a very serious infection

I totally agree with this plan and think it is appropriate
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Why is it serious what is the worst possible
Scenario ?

It is serious because these infections are hard to treat in diabetics


Worst case scenario is bone infection and need to amputate

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Will the x-Ray show infection if there is one ?

sometimes an xray will show it

if not a bone scan or MRI needs to be done
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you very much you have been a great help
you're welcome.

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