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Gout Demystified

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that occurs due to excess buildup of uric acid crystals that settle in joints and soft tissue. When the body breaks down the naturally occurring substance in the body and from certain foods, called purines, it produces uric acid. Usually, the kidneys excrete excess uric acid through the urine, but if not enough is expelled, it can cause gout. This affliction often begins in the big toe, but it can also affect the heel of the foot. This affliction causes inflammation, pain, and joint stiffness. Some experiencing gout might notice swelling and discoloration of the affected joint. Gout attacks happen unexpectedly, often in the nighttime, and can be intensely painful. It is said that the pain can be so severe that it can be hard to endure the weight of a blanket. A flare can last from a few days to weeks. Gout can be inherited, but males, women of postmenopausal age, those on certain medications, like diuretics, or having other medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are more likely to experience gout. Those who are overweight or eat diets rich in purines, like seafood, red meat, and alcohol, can be at a higher risk of gout as well. If you have extreme pain in your foot, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for an examination, proper diagnosis, and treatment to help you regain comfort.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from William Street Podiatry. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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