Can you get gout in your hand?
Yes, gout can affect you in the hands. Typical symptoms include severe pain in the joints of the hand and fingers, along with redness, swelling, difficulty moving the joints, and sometimes tophi (deposits of uric acid crystals that appear as firm, yellowish nodules).
In 99% of cases, gout is a disease that will be inaugurated in the big toe. When attacks are repeated, the joints affected may be underlying. But gout that affects the hands first is quite exceptional: When someone presents with painful and inflammatory hand pathology, we don’t think of gout first. We think about it but not first….
These are usually single-jointed attacks involving:
The lower limbs (mainly):
- Tarsus and big toe mainly,
Upper limbs (sometimes):
- Sometimes the shoulder