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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Toe Pain   Gout   Uric Acid  

Let’s face it, you love eating fish and meat after a long day at work. Sometimes you even pour yourself a nice alcoholic beverage to go with your meal. After all, after a long day at work you deserve it. This is your usual routine. Everything is going smoothly until, one night your foot feels like it is burning. It’s also swelling, and stiff. The pain is unimaginable. What happened? Well, at the office of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC we know that it could be gout.

Did you know that gout is actually considered to be a type of arthritis? Over time the exposure to gout can permanently damage the tissue and tendons of the foot. Unfortunately, gout can occur more than once and does not always stay away permanently.

Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp Pain
  • Redness

These symptoms are more likely to occur during the night. They often target the toes and cause a large degree of pain and discomfort. The ankle, foot, and knees can also get gout but fewer cases are seen of these instances.

Causes

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid build-up can cause the formation of hard crystals in the joint of the toes. If you drink too much alcohol, eat too much meat and fish that are high in protein, or are overweight, you are more likely to get gout. Diuretics, like caffeine, can also lead to gout.

How is it Diagnosed?

Contact a podiatrist right away if you suspect that you have gout. An examination will occur and it may lead to a course of treatment. A podiatrist such as Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn will remove some fluid from the joint and have it tested to see if there are any uric acid crystals in it. Blood tests can also help to help diagnose gout.

If you suspect you have gout and your toes and feet are killing you, call 480-732-0033 and make an appointment or sign up for one online. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona to better serve you. Do not wait, get your gait and foot health in line today!

For those who suffer from gout, maintaining proper hydration is vital to ensuring that our body processes essential nutrients, which can help dilute the uric acid in the foods we consume. Staying hydrated also helps our kidneys expel toxins, thus decreasing uric acid levels. Other foods that can help keep uric acids levels low include vitamin C-rich lemons, buttermilk, antioxidant-rich tomatoes, low-fat milk and green tea which is good for helping treat inflammation and swelling. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont 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 Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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