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How Do Gout Attacks Occur?

Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Patients who experience gout are aware of the debilitating pain and discomfort this condition may cause. It affects the joints in the big toe, and is considered to be a form of arthritis. Gout can be caused for a variety of reasons. These can include genetic factors, eating foods that have elevated purine levels, or it may come from specific medical conditions. It occurs as a result of high uric acid levels in the blood. Patients have described the sensation of gout as crystals that form between the joints, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. There are methods that can be implemented which can possibly prevent future gout attacks. These can include losing excess weight, and avoiding foods consisting of red meat and seafood. Additionally, it is recommended that alcohol consumption is limited. If you are getting frequent gout attacks, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you to manage and prevent this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Bellaire and Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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