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Gout Often Begins in the Big Toe

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

People who have pain in the joints of the big toe may be experiencing a foot condition known as gout. It is caused by excess uric acid in the blood and can come from various reasons. These include genetic factors or eating foods that have elevated amounts of purines. In certain people, purines convert into uric acid which forms crystals in the joints of the toes, generally beginning with the big toe. This can cause considerable pain and discomfort, and it can be difficult for patients to walk when they are affected by gout. Some of the foods that fall into this group of high purine levels include shellfish, red meat, alcohol, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. The pain that gout attacks can cause will often guide patients into developing healthier lifestyle habits. These consist of drinking plenty of water daily, gently performing exercise routines and stretches, and limiting specific types of foods. If you have had gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with expert medical attention for prompt relief.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. 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 Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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