Who Is at Risk for Gout?
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Who Is at Risk for Gout?

Gout is characterized by the sudden onset of severe pain, swelling, tenderness, redness, and warmth in a joint, and it typically affects the joints of the feet. The big toe’s joint is a particularly common site for gout. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. This substance can crystallize and accumulate in the joints, leading to painful gout flare ups. The people who are most at risk for developing this condition include men over the age of 40, postmenopausal women, those with a family history of gout, and those who consume meat, seafood, and alcohol. If you have gout that affects your feet or ankles, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. 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 office located in Lansdale, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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