The painful condition known as gout is considered to be a form of arthritis. Acute gout is often associated with severe pain and discomfort. Additionally, there are some patients who experience swelling and tenderness in the joints of the big toe and surrounding areas.This condition may occur as a result of excess uric acid that is present in the blood levels.Common reasons why gout may develop may be a result of specific types of food that are eaten,which may include shellfish, juices that are sweetened, or red meat.After a proper diagnosis is performed, which may consist of a physical examination, and checking the uric acid levels, the correct treatment can begin. This may include taking specific medications that may help toreduce any inflammation. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you to begin proper treatment and to learn about preventive measures.
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.
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.
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