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Gout and Elevated Uric Acid Levels

Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

Severe pain and discomfort in the big toe and surrounding area may be indicative of a condition that is known as gout. It is a type of arthritis that can develop as a result of elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream, which can cause crystals to form. These can lodge in the joints of the big toe. Additional symptoms that many patients can experience may consist of swelling, redness, and difficulty moving the toe. There are certain foods that have high levels of purines, which can contribute to abnormal uric acid levels. These can include shellfish, red meat, and drinks that have excess sugar. Many times gout attacks will improve over several days. There may be measures that can be implemented that can help to reduce future gout episodes. These can include eating foods that are healthy, and drinking plenty of water daily. If you are suffering from gout, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening from Bruening Foot & Ankle. 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 our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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