People who experience gout attacks often have their lives temporarily interrupted as a result of the severe pain and discomfort this condition sometimes causes. It is recognized as a form of arthritis, and inflammation and swelling are generally associated with gout. It affects the joints of the big toe and is caused by excess uric acid in the blood. This can occur due to genetic factors, or from eating foods with high levels of purines. These types of foods can include shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Additionally, people who frequently drink alcoholic beverages may develop gout. Relief may be found when plenty of water is consumed daily. This can help to reduce the risks of crystals forming in the joints. If you have gout or recently experienced a gout attack, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
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