What Is a Gout Attack?

Monday, 03 June 2019 00:00

A painful form of arthritis that affects the feet is referred to as gout. It typically affects the joints in the big toe, and occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream. The medical term for this is known as hyperuricemia. The symptoms that are associated with this condition often include severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and heat may emanate from the affected area. Research has indicated there can be existing medical conditions that precede the onset of a gout attack. These often include high blood pressure, diabetes, and poor kidney function. This condition may also develop as a result of eating specific foods that have elevated purine levels which include red meat, and seafood. If you have frequent gout flare ups, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment and preventive measures.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit 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 Wilmington, and Whiteville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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