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Kevin F Gallagher, DPM
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery
(724) 941-4330


 

Possible Causes of Gout

Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Symptoms that are often associated with the form of arthritis known as gout include joints that are stiff, red, or swollen. It develops as a result of excess uric acid in the body and collects in the joints of the big toe. This build up comes from eating foods that have elevated levels of purines, which include red meat and shellfish, or it can develop from genetic traits. Additionally, people who consume large amounts of alcohol can be afflicted with gout, in addition to patients who take low-dose aspirin or diuretics. People who have gout often experience severe pain and discomfort, and it may be difficult to walk. A proper diagnosis is typically performed by extracting a small amount of fluid from the affected joint, which is effective in noticing any crystals that are present. If you have this condition, it is suggested to counsel with a podiatrist who can begin the correct treatment.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kevin F. Gallagher from Gallagher Podiatry. 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.

Symptoms

  • 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

Risk Factors

  • 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 one of our offices located in McMurray and Hickory, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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