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Gout Flares

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis that presents sudden episodes of severe pain and swelling in the joints, often in the big toe. Range of motion in the big toe may become limited. Those with gout frequently experience flare-ups at night. Gout is the result of uric acid accumulating in the blood from purines in food, which triggers a buildup of crystals in joints. Diets rich in purines can lead to gout flares. There is uric acid medicine for this condition. However, it is best to manage symptoms through following a purine-restricted diet. Foods that are high in purines include shellfish, veal, venison, liver and other organ meats, alcoholic beverages – especially beer, kidney beans, lentils, and spinach. Those with gout should limit protein consumption overall and try to include plant-based sources of protein in their diets. If you experience periodic pain in your big toe and think you might have gout, consult with a podiatrist who can help you better understand and manage this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Geller Foot Clinic. 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.

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 our office located in Lathrup Village, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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