Gout is the result of an imbalance of uric acid in the body. It is an arthritic condition that affects more men than women. The typical symptom is waking up in the night with an acute throbbing pain in the big toe, which is inflamed, hot and red. It can be controlled by drugs, which your GP will be able to prescribe. The application of ice or cooling lotions will help during an acute phase.

Made-to-measure shoes can also be prescribed, and your Podiatrists will also be able to advise you on the correct type of shoes to wear, and where to obtain them. Podiatrists can also provide protective shields for your toes, or padding to relieve pressure and reduce friction. Any secondary problems, like ulcers or corns, can also be treated.