Gout is a type of joint problem caused by the formation of tiny crystals. It happens when your body makes too much uric acid, or your kidneys do not get rid of it efficiently. This uric acid is a leftover from breaking down certain foods. When uric acid levels get too high, it turns into crystals that cannot dissolve and remain in your tissues, causing inflammation. Your body's defense cells try to absorb these crystals, but they may become damaged as a result of how sharp they are. Gout is more common in men and often shows up after age 30 or in women after menopause. Gout has four stages. The first stage involves high uric acid with no symptoms. The second stage includes painful joint attacks The third stage is generally pain-free periods between attacks. The fourth stage consists of severe gout with lumpy deposits that are known as tophi. During a gout attack, you will experience severe pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the joint. The big toe is a common spot for gout, and over time, untreated gout can harm your joints. In severe cases, surgery may be needed if the joint damage is extensive. Gout can be diagnosed by examining joint fluid or having X-rays taken. If you believe you have gout, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Judson Siegel, DPM from Assabet Family Podiatry. 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.
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