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What Are the Reasons Gout Can Develop?

Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Acute flare-ups can accompany the medical condition that is known as gout. Gout typically attacks the area surrounding the big toe and is considered to be a form of arthritis. It can occur as a result of excess uric acid in the blood, which can develop from eating foods with high levels of purines. Additionally, it may come from being overweight, or from genetic factors. Some of the symptoms that are associated with gout include a general feeling of malaise, and severe pain, which can be debilitating. There are specific types of foods which can cause this condition to develop. These can consist of red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have a high sugar content. If you experience gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist, who can help you to manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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