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Gout in the Foot

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by the formation of uric acid crystals that settle in joints. High blood urate levels, or hyperuricemia, lead to crystal formation, and this can produce severe pain, stiffness, and swelling, often along the base of the big toe. One often has attacks of gout that can last from 12 hours to two weeks. If not tended to, gout can cause damage to joints, tendons, and other soft tissue that is irreversible. Hyperuricemia can also lead to kidney stones. Many people who suffer from gout have lifestyles, such as being overweight or eating or drinking items with high levels of purines or excess sugar or alcohol, that make them more vulnerable to gout. Those with some diseases, like anemia, psoriasis, and renal disease can also be more apt to get gout. Similarly, people taking certain medications can be more likely to get gout. Men are twice as likely to get gout than women. The chance of getting this ailment increases with age. If you have gout and you are experiencing pain in your big toe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an examination, treatment, and prevention techniques.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors 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 offices located in South Amboy and Edison, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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