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Understanding Gout and Identifying Risks and Effective Treatments

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the blood, leading to the formation of urate crystals in the joints. These sharp crystals trigger sudden, severe pain, redness, and swelling, commonly affecting the big toe.  Anyone can develop gout, but certain factors can increase the risk. Men are more susceptible to getting gout than women, and individuals with a family history of gout have a higher likelihood of developing this condition. Lifestyle choices such as consuming a diet rich in purines, excessive alcohol intake, obesity, and certain medications can also contribute to gout. There are effective treatments that aim to alleviate pain during attacks and prevent future flare-ups. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and colchicine are commonly prescribed to manage gout symptoms. Long-term management involves lifestyle modifications, including dietary changes, weight loss, and limiting alcohol consumption. With proper management and awareness of risk factors, individuals with gout can lead healthier, more comfortable lives. If you have gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to deal with 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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