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The Causes of Gout

Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Some of the symptoms that accompany the type of arthritis referred to as gout may be pain and stiffness in the joints of the big toe and surrounding areas. The main cause of this condition originates from excess uric acid that accumulates in the blood stream. Research has shown that many gout attacks occur without warning and often while sleeping, and typically affects the bottom of the big toe. There are several types of food that may cause this ailment, including red meat, certain kinds of seafood, in addition to ingesting an overabundance of alcohol, which may play a significant role in developing gout. Some people may be more susceptible to developing gout, and these may include having a genetic disposition, specific medications, and being overweight. Preventative remedies may include drinking plenty of fresh water daily in addition to adapting healthy lifestyle changes. If you are affected with gout, it’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist to learn about proper treatment options.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Henry Miller from Freehold, New Jersey. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Freehold, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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