Gout is one common affliction of the foot that can impact many different patients of all different backgrounds. Gout is technically a type of arthritis. It occurs when uric acid essentially builds up around the bones in the feet. Importantly, there are many different things that might trigger gout or a gout flare-up. For instance, many particular kinds of foods may have this effect. Interestingly, certain medications can also have this effect on gout. This is because certain kinds of medications can ultimately increase one’s uric acid. In particular, low-dose aspirin might have this effect. Also, other kinds of medications that could put one at an increased risk of developing gout include immunosuppressant drugs and drugs that are used to treat tuberculosis. If you are someone who might struggle with gout, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. 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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