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Symptoms and Causes of Gout

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes painful flares typically lasting for a week or two. It most often affects the big toe, but also can develop in ankles. Gout is triggered by the accumulation of urate crystals in the joints, resulting from high levels of uric acid in the body, termed hyperuricemia. This can lead to crystal formation, though not everyone with elevated uric acid levels develops gout. The disease progresses through stages, including hyperuricemia, acute flares, periods of no symptoms, and, if untreated, crystal formation. Symptoms commonly include sudden intense pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected joint. Gout attacks are often caused by certain foods, alcohol, medications, or other illnesses. Without proper management, gout can lead to complications, such as joint damage and associated health issues like hypertension, kidney disease, obesity, and heart problems. Risk factors for gout include genetics, diet, age, and gender. Menopause, alcohol consumption, and obesity may also be factors. Early diagnosis, diet and lifestyle changes, and treatment can significantly alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. If you are experiencing symptoms of gout in the big toe or ankle, it is suggested that you schedule a appointment with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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