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Who May Be Prone to Getting Gout?

Crystals that form in the joints of the big toe may be indicative of a condition known as gout, which is considered to be a form of arthritis and can cause excessive pain. Gout can develop due to genetic reasons or from eating foods that have high levels of purines. These types of foods can include red meat, shellfish, or drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Uric acid forms in the bloodstream and lodges in the joints of the feet, often starting with the big toe. Common symptoms many patients experience can include tenderness in the affected toe, extreme pain, and the toe may be hot when touched. People who are overweight, have high blood pressure, or have kidney problems may also be prone to gout. Mild relief may be felt when specific medication is taken and the pain from gout attacks may diminish over time. If you are susceptible to gout or experiencing any symptoms, it is advised that you are under the care of a chiropodist who can successfully treat this condition.

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Gout?

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. This type of arthritis is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When uric acid crystallizes in a joint, often the joint of the big toe, it can bring about a gout attack. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of gout include: 

  • Sudden and severe pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth 

  • Joint stiffness

  • Joint deformity

Diagnosis

A chiropodist will ask questions about your personal and family medical history, followed by an examination of the affected joint. Laboratory tests and x-rays are sometimes ordered to determine if the inflammation is caused by something other than gout. A sample of fluid taken from your joint can show whether it contains uric acid. 

Treatment

Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation. Patients with chronic gout can also use behavioral modifications such as diet, exercise, and decreased intake of alcohol to help minimize the frequency of gout attacks. Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be avoided since purines are converted in the body to uric acid. If left untreated, this painful condition can leave your joint permanently damaged and swollen.  

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

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