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What Is Gout?

Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Research has indicated that gout may be common among men who are over forty years of age. It often causes severe pain and discomfort, and is considered to be a disabling form of arthritis. It can target individuals who are overweight, or people who have medical conditions that can include diabetes and high blood pressure. Additionally, genetics may play a significant role in developing gout. This ailment can occur from having excess uric acid in the blood, and may come from eating foods that have elevated purine levels. This may cause crystals to develop and lodge in the joints of the big toe. These types of foods can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are alcoholic or have high sugar levels. There may be lifestyle changes that can be implemented which may help in reducing the risk of developing gout. These can consist of eating healthy foods, and practicing a gentle exercise routine. If you have gout, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Alexander Terris from Total Foot Care. Our doctor 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 Wilmington, DE. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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