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Causes of Gout

Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

The common medical condition that is referred to as gout will typically cause severe pain and discomfort on the side of the big toe, in addition to swelling in the foot and ankle. It may develop as a result of excess uric acid in the blood levels, and this is generally the result of overindulging in alcohol, ingesting large amounts of red meat or shellfish, or taking certain medications, which may include diuretics. This ailment is caused by crystals that form in the joints of the big toe, and may gradually expand to additional joints. A blood test is generally performed, which can confirm this condition, in addition to having ultrasounds and CT scans taken which may provide additional affirmation. If you are experiencing the symptoms of gout, it is advised to speak with a podiatrist so proper treatment techniques can commence.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Quality Foot Care Center. 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 our office located in Somerset, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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