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 foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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.
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