A form of arthritis that is referred to as gout, typically causes severe pain and discomfort. It occurs as a result of excess levels of uric acid in the bloodstream, and can be caused by eating foods that are high in purines. These types of foods can include shellfish, red meat, alcohol, or sugary foods and drinks. The pain is caused by crystals that form between the joints of the big toe, which can make it feel like there are small needles inside the toe. Gout may be prevented by eating foods that are healthy and drinking plenty of water. Additionally, it may be beneficial to incorporate a gentle exercise routine into your daily activities. If you have gout attacks, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this painful condition.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. 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.
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