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What Is Gout and Who Is at Risk?

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in joints, often at the base of the big toe. It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, which can form needle-like crystals in a joint, triggering inflammation and intense pain. Risk factors for developing gout can include a diet rich in purines, found in red meat, seafood, and alcohol. Additionally, obesity, and certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney problems may also lead to developing gout. Men and postmenopausal women are more susceptible. If you think you may have gout and you have pain in your big toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment that can restore your comfort.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . 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 our offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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