Gout is known to be one of the oldest diseases, and Greek physicians referred to this condition as “foot trap”. Severe pain and discomfort typically accompany this ailment, and this is a result of uric acid crystals lodging in the joints of the big toe. If you are experiencing a gout attack, you may notice additional symptoms that may include swelling, redness, and extreme tenderness when touched. There are several reasons why gout may occur, including the type of food that is ingested. If an excess of red meat, shellfish or alcohol is frequently consumed, these high-level purine foods may cause crystals to form, which attack the joints. If you have multiple gout attacks, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer a proper diagnosis, and correct treatment options can be discussed.
Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact the podiatrists from Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors 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.
- 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
- 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 offices located in Arlington and Irving, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.