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Symptoms of Gout

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Gout, once associated with excess and opulence, is making a modern resurgence, affecting nearly 4 percent of adults in the US. Gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis, can be found in both men and women, although men are three times more likely to develop it. Caused by the crystallization of uric acid within joints, gout can be both debilitating and chronic. Uric acid, a byproduct of cellular processes, accumulates when the body produces too much or doesn't excrete enough. Gout attacks occur when uric acid levels become excessively high, forming crystals that trigger inflammation and intense pain. The initial gout attack typically targets one joint, often the big toe, with subsequent attacks potentially affecting various joints simultaneously. Joints in the foot, ankle, knee, and even fingers may be affected. During an attack, the affected joint becomes red, swollen, and extremely tender. Even the slightest pressure can induce severe pain. Gout attacks tend to occur suddenly, with nighttime flares being more common. The effect on daily life during a gout attack is significant. While there is no cure for gout, medications and self-management strategies may help to alleviate symptoms and prevent future flares. For help in managing gout, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. 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 our office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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