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Old 31st May 2009, 03:54 PM
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I have had gout for a few years off and on in my big toe and now I have hard bumps on the outside of my ear. My GP told me that they are connected to my toe problem. Is that so and how can that be?

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Old 31st May 2009, 10:17 PM
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Your GP is probably correct. Although there can certainly be other reasons for bumps on the external ear, with your history, he/she is probably referring to tophi, which are deposits of crystallized monosodium urate which in persons with long-standing gout are seen in the joints and also in cartilage such as that of the external ear. Unless they are painful or causing ulcerations, they can generally be ignored.
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I just learned that the pain I was feeling on my toes is caused by gout. I was advised to drink plenty of cherry juice since it’s known to help gout patients. Can you please recommend or share other gout medications to help for the pain?
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If you you have gout, you need to see a medical doctor not a podiatrist. A podiatrist might be useful in the diagnosis if you haven't yet had one, but the condition is one of a metabolic nature which, though it may sometimes be manifested as pain in foot, is not simply a foot problem.
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