The big toe may look small but when it is in pain – it can dramatically affect your day. Gout is a common form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It can also attack at any moment. The sudden pain anytime during the day or in the middle of the night can cause you to stop what you are doing or disrupt your goodnight’s sleep.
For seniors suffering from gout, managing the pain can get challenging. You need the right caregiver services in Virginia to ensure gout attacks will be more manageable for the loved one.
The following are the signs of gout:
- The affected joint or joints appear inflamed, tender, and red.
- Intense pain in the joints that usually affects the big toe. It can also include the ankles, elbows, knees, wrists, and fingers which may be severe from the first until the twelfth hour.
- Lingering discomfort after the most severe pain subsides. This may linger from a few days to some weeks. The subsequent gout attacks may affect more joints and last longer than the previous.
- Difficulty moving your joints normally causing a limited range of motion.
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