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Gout Can Happen to Anyone

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Gout is an arthritic condition that is caused by excess uric acid in the blood stream and a buildup and crystallization of these compounds in the body. This can happen from eating or drinking foods or beverages with purines, such as beer, red meat, and certain types of seafood. Symptoms of gout include redness, joint tenderness, and severe pain. It often affects the joint in the big toe first, and may radiate to the other toes. Gout is perceived as a condition that afflicts older men. Getting gout increases with age,  and women are more apt to develop gout after menopause. Gout can result in frequent or infrequent attacks. If you think you may have gout, please see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor 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 Nederland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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