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How to Tell if You Have Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in joints, often the big toe. Recognizing the symptoms of gout can be straightforward when experiencing intense, painful swelling in a single joint that subsides and reappears, sometimes in different joints. However, pinpointing gout can be challenging if symptoms are less typical. A podiatrist can provide a definitive diagnosis through various tests. Lab tests for gout measure uric acid levels in the blood and joint fluid analysis to detect uric acid crystals. Imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasounds, and other types of scans can help rule out other conditions and identify joint damage or uric acid crystal deposits. Post-diagnosis, ongoing monitoring through blood tests ensures that uric acid levels remain controlled, preventing further attacks and complications. These tests, coupled with a podiatrist's expertise and certain pain relief medications, help manage and treat gout effectively. If you are experiencing symptoms of gout, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Leonora Fihman, DPM from California. Our doctor 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 Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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