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Understanding Different Types of Gout

Gout, a form of arthritis, arises from a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream, causing sharp crystals to form in the joints. It primarily affects the big toe but can also occur in other joints, like the ankle or knee. The uric acid buildup may happen due to certain dietary factors, such as consuming foods like red meat, seafood, and alcohol. Genetics and underlying health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and kidney problems can also increase the risk of developing gout. Gout can present in various forms, including acute attacks, causing sudden and intense pain in the joints. Chronic gout involves recurrent episodes of pain and swelling, which may lead to joint damage over time if not treated properly. Another form, called tophaceous gout, occurs when urate crystals accumulate under the skin, forming lumps or nodules known as tophi. Symptoms of gout typically include severe joint pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected area. If you struggle with gout or any symptoms that may result in gout, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist to receive proper care and treatment.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Scott Amoss, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 offices located in Whiting and Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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