Gout is a foot affliction that is a certain kind of arthritis. As a result of gout, an individual can feel painful sensations in their feet. Gout attacks, as they are known, are flare-ups that can occur in the nighttime. Importantly, gout has a relationship to certain kinds of food. For example, an individual living with gout can exacerbate their condition by ingesting red meat and pork. This is because such foods are very high in purines. An increase in purines in the body is typically associated with an increase in uric acid. This uric acid then accumulates in the joints, causing gout. Therefore, to avoid gout attacks, an individual should maintain a diet that has a low amount of purine-high foods. Consult a podiatrist today if you think that you have gout or want to learn how to manage the condition.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Center of Idaho . 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.
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