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Exploring Gout in the Elderly

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Gout, a form of arthritis, presents unique challenges for elderly individuals, necessitating a deeper understanding of its intricacies. Characterized by sudden and severe joint pain, typically in the big toe, gout occurs due to the accumulation of urate crystals in the joints. While gout can affect anyone, its prevalence increases with age, making it a prevalent concern among the elderly population. Various factors contribute to gout development in older adults, including age-related changes in metabolism, chronic health conditions like hypertension and kidney disease, and certain medications commonly prescribed to manage age-related ailments. Dietary habits, particularly rich diets high in purine-containing foods like red meat and seafood, also play a significant role in gout onset and exacerbation. Proper management of gout in the elderly involves a varied approach, encompassing lifestyle modifications, medication adherence, and close monitoring to alleviate symptoms. If you are an elderly person who has had one or more gout attacks, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

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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