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Causes of Gout

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

The common symptoms that many people experience with the foot condition that is known as gout is debilitating pain, swelling, and the affected toe may be red. It is an ailment that affects the joints in the big toe and happens from excess uric acid in the blood. This may happen from genetic reasons or from eating foods that have high amounts of purines. These can include red meat, excess alcohol, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. The pain comes from crystals that form in the joints of the big toe and can affect completing daily activities. Ultimately, frequent gout attacks may damage the kidneys, bones, and joints, and it is suggested that a healthy diet and exercise program is implemented. This may be helpful in avoiding future painful bouts with gout. A podiatrist can provide treatment to people who have gout, in addition to discussing effective prevention methods. Please contact a podiatrist for the relief and information you are seeking.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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