The medical condition that is known as gout produces inflamed joints in the big toe and the surrounding area. It can also be referred to as gouty arthritis and can affect millions of Americans. It occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream and may accumulate for a variety of reasons. These can include genetic factors, having an unhealthy lifestyle, and eating foods that are rich in purines. Some of these foods consist of red meat and shellfish, in addition to excess alcoholic beverages. Drinks that have a high sugar content may also contribute to the onset of gout. The inflammation may be controlled by taking certain medications, in addition to implementing healthy eating habits. If you are afflicted with gout, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.