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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 painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. 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 Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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