People who have pain in the joint of the big toe may have a condition known as gout. It is defined as an inflammation of the joints in the big toe and is considered to be a form of arthritis. It can produce debilitating pain and discomfort, and many patients find it difficult to walk. It can develop if there is a family history of gout or from eating foods that have high levels of purines. These types of foods include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. A gout attack can last a few days or several weeks and may improve gradually. The majority of people may have difficulty completing daily activities when gout is present and medical treatment may be needed. Effective prevention techniques can include reducing the amount of alcohol, red meat, and fatty foods in daily food intake. Additionally, it can help to drink plenty of fresh water frequently and begin a gentle exercise regime. If you are afflicted by gout, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can prescribe the appropriate medication for this condition.
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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