Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When this chemical crystallizes in the joints, it can cause sudden and severe pain, redness, warmth, and difficulty moving the affected area. Gout often affects the big toe joint or other joints in the feet. While gout flare ups may go away on their own over time, gout can become a chronic condition, with flare ups increasing in frequency and permanently damaging affected joints. Fortunately, early diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle changes can help manage gout and prevent flare ups. For more information about gout, please consult with a podiatrist.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle 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.
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