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How Is Gout Diagnosed?

Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Excess uric acid in the bloodstream may cause an arthritic condition that is known as gout. This can happen as a result of genetic factors, or from eating foods that have elevated purine levels. These types of foods can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have large amounts of sugar. Gout typically affects the big toe, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms consist of swelling, tenderness, and the affected area may appear red. A proper diagnosis is done by performing a blood test which can be helpful in verifying the amounts of uric acid in the blood. Additionally, in some cases, a needle may be inserted into the affected area to analyze the crystals and confirm the onset of gout. There are methods that can be implemented which may prevent painful gout attacks from occurring. It is beneficial to ingest a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, in addition to drinking plenty of fresh water daily. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you find relief as quickly as possible.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gary L. Curson, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Surfside, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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