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Causes and Possible Relief Tactics of Gout

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 00:00

People who experience gout attacks often have their lives temporarily interrupted as a result of the severe pain and discomfort this condition sometimes causes. It is recognized as a form of arthritis, and inflammation and swelling are generally associated with gout. It affects the joints of the big toe and is caused by excess uric acid in the blood. This can occur due to genetic factors, or from eating foods with high levels of purines. These types of foods can include shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Additionally, people who frequently drink alcoholic beverages may develop gout. Relief may be found when plenty of water is consumed daily. This can help to reduce the risks of crystals forming in the joints. If you have gout or recently experienced a gout attack, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you as quickly as possible.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor 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.

Symptoms

  • 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

Risk Factors

  • 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 one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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