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Do I Have Gout?

Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream may lead to a condition that is referred to as gout. It is considered to be a form of arthritis, and can cause debilitating pain and discomfort. Noticeable symptoms often appear in the big toe and surrounding areas, and may include swelling, redness, and difficulty moving the affected foot. Research has indicated it may be caused by genetic factors, or from specific types of foods that are eaten that have high purine levels. These kinds of food can consist of shellfish, red meats, and drinks that have elevated sugar levels. There may be existing medical factors that can contribute to the onset of gout. Patients who are obese, diabetic or have high blood pressure may be susceptible to developing gout. If you feel you have symptoms of this condition, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. 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 Littlestown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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