Gout can be problematic on any area of the body, but is mostly known to cause extreme pain or swelling closer to the big toe. Nearly ten million Americans suffer from the condition, but it is important to understand the condition is treatable. While genetics are a prominent concern for gout, recent findings show that obesity is becoming a factor in gout. Medications, certain foods, alcoholic beverages, or anything with high levels of uric acid are all capable of causing gout.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, visit one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.
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 Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.