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Possible Causes of Gout

Monday, 06 May 2019 00:00

A form of arthritis that is referred to as gout is known to produce considerable pain and discomfort. Patients who are afflicted with this condition often experience difficulty in walking and performing daily activities. It develops as a result of excess uric levels in the bloodstream, which cause crystals to form in the joints of the big toe. This ailment can happen for different reasons. Genetics may play a significant role in contributing to the onset of gout. Additionally, if foods that are high in purine levels are frequently eaten, the result may be a gout attack. These types of foods include shellfish, alcohol, and red meat. If you have developed gout, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can begin the correct treatment for you.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Sheridan from Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. 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 one of our offices located in Sandusky, Lapeer, and Marlette, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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