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Gout Can Attack Your Big Toe

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

Gout is a condition caused by a buildup of uric acid directly related to foods that contain high levels of purines. The uric acid forms crystals that settle in the joints, commonly at the base of the big toe. This can cause sharp pain, inflammation, redness, and swelling. Foods that contain purines inhibit your body’s ability to shed uric acid properly. Men most often experience gout between the ages of 30 and 50, while women are more susceptible after the onset of menopause. Reducing the intake of purine-rich foods is a good way to prevent gout. Among them are beef, organ meats, certain types of seafood, as well as some vegetables and legumes. Drinking more water and less alcohol may also bring some relief. If you have developed gout, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist who can prescribe corticosteroids and other medicine to help reduce pain and uric acid levels.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. 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 Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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