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 painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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.
- Intense Joint Pain – Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
- Lingering Discomfort – Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
- Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
- Limited Range of Motion – May experience a decrease in joint mobility
- Genetics – If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
- Medications – Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
- Gender/Age – Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
- Diet – Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
- Alcohol – Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
- Obesity – Obese people are at a higher risk for gout
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.