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How Does Gout Occur?

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

A form of arthritis that is referred to as gout, typically causes severe pain and discomfort. It occurs as a result of excess levels of uric acid in the bloodstream, and can be caused by eating foods that are high in purines. These types of foods can include shellfish, red meat, alcohol, or sugary foods and drinks. The pain is caused by crystals that form between the joints of the big toe, which can make it feel like there are small needles inside the toe. Gout may be prevented by eating foods that are healthy and drinking plenty of water. Additionally, it may be beneficial to incorporate a gentle exercise routine into your daily activities. If you have gout attacks, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this painful condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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