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Gout Is Caused by Genetic Reasons or From Specific Foods

People who have endured gout attacks cannot ignore the pain that often accompanies this foot condition. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis and generally develops in the joints of the big toe. It happens as a result of excess uric acid in the blood, which may come from genetic reasons, or from eating foods with large amounts of purines. These types of foods can include shellfish, red meat, or drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. This can cause uric acid crystals to form, often beginning in the big toe. People who have endured gout attacks for several years may develop tophi, which are uric acid deposits resembling small lumps under the skin of the affected toe. Gout may eventually resolve naturally.  Many people choose to contact a podiatrist who can perform an effective diagnosis and offer treatment methods that are right for you. Additionally, this type of doctor is helpful in explaining how gout attacks can be prevented by implementing simple lifestyle changes. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Clover 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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