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Facts About Gout

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Gout is a form of arthritis, or inflammation, caused by a buildup of uric acid in the system. The main symptoms are redness, swelling, pain, and tenderness in a joint. The joint at the base of the big toe is commonly affected by gout. The range of motion in the joint decreases and even the slightest touch can cause extreme pain. Certain medications, dietary choices, drinking alcohol and sugary beverages, age, and genetics can play a part in the development of gout. Eating foods rich in purines, such as red meat and seafood, can increase the risk. People with diabetes, thyroid problems, and high blood pressure are also at a higher risk of gout. Men over 40 and menopausal women are more at risk as well. Medication and lifestyle changes are large factors in holding off gout. Corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by a podiatrist to help reduce the pain and inflammation. In addition, certain medications can help to reduce uric acid production and eliminate it from the body. Please make an appointment with a podiatrist for additional treatment options for gout.


 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Rosa Roman from Ankle and Foot Center. 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 Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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