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Gout and Its Causes

Gout, an inflammatory arthritis, is a condition characterized by sudden, intense pain, redness, and swelling in the joints, most commonly affecting the big toe. The root cause of gout lies in the accumulation of urate crystals in the affected joints, leading to excruciating bouts of pain. Urate crystals form when the body produces excessive uric acid or fails to eliminate it efficiently. High levels of uric acid can result from dietary factors, particularly the consumption of purine-rich foods, like red meat, seafood, and alcohol. A genetic predisposition and certain medical conditions, such as kidney dysfunction, contribute to the likelihood of developing gout. Obesity and dehydration also play roles in exacerbating the condition. Understanding the definition and causes of gout is critical for individuals, enabling them to make informed lifestyle choices and dietary adjustments to manage and prevent the recurrent pain associated with this arthritic condition. If you have developed gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Manisha Mehta, DPM from Detroit, MI. 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 Detroit, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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