The foot condition that is known as gout is a form of arthritis that affects millions of Americans. It is caused by excess uric acid in the blood, and can happen from genetic reasons, or from eating foods that have high levels of purines. These include shellfish, red meat, or drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. The pain comes from crystals that lodge in the joints of the big toe, and can cause extreme difficulty in completing daily activities. In severe cases, many patients report they must crawl up the steps as a result of the debilitating pain, and often require immediate medical attention. Additional symptoms of gout can consist of redness and swelling surrounding the affected joints, and there may be large lumps under the skin that are referred to as tophi. These are typically painless, and may develop into chronic bouts of gout if left untreated. Gout is a painful foot condition, and it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you have the beginning signs of joint pain in the big toe.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . 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.
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