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Orthopedic surgery

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Hot swollen red joints

Possible Causes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    An inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints, especially in the hands and feet. The cause is autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Gout / pseudogout

    Gout and pseudogout are a group of diseases which are caused by the inflammation and accumulation of crystals in the joints. Gout is caused by accumulation of uric acid crystals, and pseudogout by calcium pyrophosphatecrystals. They are characterized by sudden painful swelling in one or more joints. Gout attacks may be caused by eating foods rich in purines such as seafood, alcohol and red meat, while pseudogout could be due to joint injury, surgery or immune problems.

  • Chronic pain

    Pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety.

  • Hyperuricemia

  • Bacterial gastroenteritis
  • Lumbar spondylosis
  • Campylobacter
  • Common cold (upper respiratory tract infection)
  • Psoriasis (except for pustular psoriasis)
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have joint redness, swelling or warmth?

  • Do you have swollen ankles?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

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