The foot condition known as gout can be potentially disabling, and completing daily activities is often difficult to do. It is considered to be a form of arthritis, and may target overweight men who are over 40 years old. Additionally, genetic factors and existing medical conditions, such as kidney disease, may contribute to developing gout. It can attack any of the toes, and generally begins in the big toe. It is an ailment that is caused by excess uric acid in the blood, which deposits in the joints of the toes in the form of crystals. Many people have said the pain can become so debilitating that it can be difficult to walk up the steps, and a lightweight sheet that is on top of the affected toe may cause excruciating pain. Gout attacks may be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. This can include reducing the intake of red meat, alcohol beverages, sugary drinks, and shellfish. Additionally, it is beneficial to incorporate a gentle exercise program into your daily routine, and this may help to shed additional weight. If you have had gout one time or frequently, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition, and offer you helpful prevention tips.
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.
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.
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