Who Is at Risk for Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. The uric acid can crystallize and deposit itself in the joints of your feet and ankles, causing pain and swelling in the joint. While anyone can suffer from a gout attack, some people can be more at risk than others. Middle-aged men and postmenopausal women are more likely to get gout, as are people who have family members with gout, as some people are genetically predisposed to this condition. Your diet may increase your chances of developing gout as well. Food that is rich in purines, such as red meat, organ meet, and certain fish can all raise uric acid levels in the bloodstream. Various medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of gout, including high blood pressure, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea. If you suspect that you have gout, please consult with a podiatrist for treatment.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 Corsicana, Ennis, and Waxahachie, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, or 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office.