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What Causes Gout?

Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

The medical that is known as gout is considered to be the most common form of inflammatory arthritis. It is often accompanied by severe pain and discomfort, and walking can be debilitating. The factors that contribute to the onset of gout can include genetic traits, and consuming foods that have elevated purine levels. These can consist of shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. High levels of purines can possibly lead to crystals forming in the joints of the big toe, in addition to other organs and tissues. Effective preventive methods can include incorporating healthy foods into your daily eating habits, and limiting alcohol intake. If you are afflicted with gout attacks, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you relief options.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Stanton from CyFair Family Foot Care. 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 Cypress, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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