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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

The Impact of Gout and Hyperuricemia

Gout, a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, leads to sudden and severe pain, swelling, and redness, usually in the big toe. Hyperuricemia, a condition characterized by high levels of uric acid in the blood, is closely linked to developing gout. Factors such as diet, genetics, and certain medications can contribute to elevated uric acid levels. Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet low in purines, controlled hydration, and managing weight can help decrease the severity of gout attacks. Acute gout attacks can be triggered by dietary choices, alcohol consumption, and stress. Medications to lower uric acid levels or reduce inflammation may be prescribed by a podiatrist to manage gout symptoms effectively. If you experience any symptoms of gout, regular consultations with a podiatrist are suggested to provide personalized treatment plans and improve foot health.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of Georgia. 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 Woodstock, Jasper, and Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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