Gout is a painful foot condition. People who are afflicted with gout may find the pain so debilitating that walking may temporarily become difficult, if not impossible to do. It is a form of arthritis that is caused by excess uric acid in the blood. This can convert into crystals that lodge in the joints of the big toe. In addition to the intense pain, common symptoms can include swelling, redness, and the affected area may feel warm when touched. Frequently eating certain types of foods may lead to gout, including shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Controlling the frequency of gout attacks may be accomplished by implementing healthy eating habits into the daily regime, and engaging in a gentle exercise program. Additionally, it can be beneficial to drink plenty of water and limit the number of foods with high levels of purines that may convert to uric acid. If you have had one or several gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this painful condition.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. 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 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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