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Risk Factors and Symptoms of Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. This buildup occurs when the body produces too much uric acid or cannot effectively eliminate it. Risk factors for developing gout include a diet high in red meat and seafood, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity. Certain medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes also increase the likelihood of developing gout. Symptoms of gout often appear suddenly and include intense joint pain, redness, and swelling, typically in the big toe. The affected joint may feel warm and extremely tender to the touch. Gout attacks can be recurrent, leading to chronic pain and joint damage if left untreated. The pain from gout can be debilitating. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you relief and prevention methods.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle & Foot of Edmonds. 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 our office located in Edmonds, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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