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Gout: Painful Arthritis Caused by Uric Acid Crystals

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Gout is a painful arthritis caused by uric acid buildup in the body, leading to joint redness, tenderness, and severe pain. It commonly affects the feet and specifically the big toe, but can impact other joints, like the ankles, elbows, wrists, fingers, and knees. Symptoms include intense joint pain, joint inflammation, and limited range of movement. Gout is typically more common in individuals with high levels of uric acid in their bodies. Several factors contribute to this condition, including obesity, family history of gout, being male, consuming foods higher in purines, and specific medical conditions like untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart and kidney diseases. Diagnosing gout involves a physical examination and may include tests such as uric acid blood tests and joint aspiration to check for urate crystals. Adopting a healthy diet, maintaining a proper body weight to prevent obesity, and making lifestyle changes like reducing alcohol and sweetened beverage consumption can be beneficial in managing gout effectively. If you suspect you have gout, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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