Gout is a form of arthritis that can be extremely painful. Gout occurs as crystals that form in the joints of the big toe from consuming purine-rich foods. These foods include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that contain large amounts of sugar. These purines convert to uric acid, and an abundance of uric acid can cause the big toe to become inflamed. The toe may turn red and become swollen, causing the skin to pull tightly surrounding the affected joint. Many people make lifestyle choices that may lead to developing gout. Being overweight, drinking excess alcohol, and eating foods laden with purines may contribute to the onset of gout. There may be existing health conditions like high blood pressure or thyroid disorders that can lead to increased uric acid levels. If you have had one or many gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this uncomfortable 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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