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Excess Uric Acid and Gout

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can affect the joints in the big toe. Gout is caused by excess uric acid in the blood and can happen from the type of foods that are eaten. These foods can include shellfish, red meat, and other foods that are laden with purines. When an abundance of these types of foods is regularly eaten, the kidneys cannot absorb the purines, and the body will convert them into uric acid. This can turn into crystals that lodge in the joints of the feet. Genetics may also be a reason gout may occur, and it is helpful to learn about what type of foods to eat and to avoid. A diagnosis generally consists of having a needle inserted in the inflamed joint, which can extract a sample of the fluid. This can be successful in confirming if a gout attack has occurred. Gout may dissipate naturally, although it is beneficial to implement effective prevention methods. These can consist of following a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water daily, and losing extra weight, if applicable. If you suffer from gout, it is suggested that you are under the care 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 Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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