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Gout Is Caused by Genetic Reasons or From Specific Foods

People who have endured gout attacks cannot ignore the pain that often accompanies this foot condition. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis and generally develops in the joints of the big toe. It happens as a result of excess uric acid in the blood, which may come from genetic reasons, or from eating foods with large amounts of purines. These types of foods can include shellfish, red meat, or drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. This can cause uric acid crystals to form, often beginning in the big toe. People who have endured gout attacks for several years may develop tophi, which are uric acid deposits resembling small lumps under the skin of the affected toe. Gout may eventually resolve naturally.  Many people choose to contact a podiatrist who can perform an effective diagnosis and offer treatment methods that are right for you. Additionally, this type of doctor is helpful in explaining how gout attacks can be prevented by implementing simple lifestyle changes. 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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