Gout is an arthritic condition that can cause severe pain, redness, heat and swelling in the big toe joint (typically), as well as other joints. This condition is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is a byproduct that is produced when the body processes purines, which are chemical compounds found naturally in the body as well as in certain foods. It is believed that consuming large amounts of alcohol, red and organ meat, certain seafood, and high fructose drinks can increase a person’s risk for developing gout. Other risk factors include heredity, being male and/or obese, and having health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems, congestive heart failure, and more. Gout flares are sudden onsets of symptoms which can last for days or even weeks, only to disappear for long periods of time as the disease goes into remission for a time. While there is no cure for gout, a podiatrist can help create a treatment and management plan to manage pain and avoid the condition from worsening.
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 our office located in Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.