The painful condition that is known as gout is a form of arthritis. The pain is a result of excess uric acid that accumulates in the blood. This may cause crystals to form, which lodge in the joints of the big toe, and any inflammation that may occur will typically cause severe pain. This condition may develop if certain foods are ingested in excess on a frequent basis. These may include shellfish, red meat, or alcohol, and it is suggested to alter these choices for the possible prevention of gout. Research has shown there may be other factors why gout may develop, including genetic traits, ingesting specific medications, or enduring a recent trauma. If you feel you have gout, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so correct treatment options can be implemented.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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