You got up in the morning, with a reddish tinge on your Big toe and excruciating pain without any known physical trauma to the toe.
Think again !!! You just might be having a bout with gout.
Gout is caused by a chemical called uric acid in your blood stream. It causes attacks of painful inflammation around your joints. It is usually caused by a high percentage of uric acid which turns into minute crystals and accumulate near a joint. Now the work of these crystals is to irritate the tissues in the joint causing immense pain.
There could be varied causes which trigger gout.
To reduce the pain try wrapping an icepack or ice cubes in a towel and applying it on the affected area.
An anti-inflammatory drug would help
By changing your lifestyle, you can prevent yourself from a gout attack
Try losing that excess weight , which in turn reduces uric acid level
Eat healthy and avoid high intake of protein foods which are rich in Purine. (many organ foods like liver spleen, sweet breads)