Gout often affects the big toe.
Gout occurs when uric acid crystals build up inside or around a joint, causing burning pain along with swelling and stiffness. Gout develops most often in the big toe, but can also occur in many other joints, including the knees, wrists, elbows and ankles. Fortunately, several homeopathic remedies can help curb or eliminate gout.
Homeopathic remedies such as belladonna, rhus toxicodendron, rhododendron and sulfur can help reduce inflammation, redness and swelling and combat pain. People with extreme cases of gout may try ledum palustre, colchium and bryonia, which are used to soothe extremely painful joints. Colchium is also particularly effective for joint issues in the big toe. With each remedy, take one dose as recommended by its packaging and wait for relief. Try a different homeopathic remedy if the situation doesn’t improve.
Cherries are one of the best foods to eat for both the treatment and prevention of gout. They are rich in vitamin C, which helps break down the uric acid deposits that cause the disease. Consume 10 to 15 cherries or drink a glass of cherry juice every day. In general, increase your consumption of citrus fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C.