Gout, often referred to as the disease of kings, is a form of inflammatory arthritis that has affected individuals from all walks of life. This condition, caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, typically manifests as excruciating pain, swelling, and redness, often in the big toe. The pain can be so intense that even the touch of a bedsheet can trigger agony. Gout occurs when the body produces excessive uric acid or struggles to eliminate it efficiently, leading to the formation of sharp crystals within the joints. While it primarily targets the feet, gout can also affect other joints, such as the ankles, knees, and wrists. Dietary choices, genetics, obesity, and other medical conditions can contribute to gout's onset. Understanding this ailment is essential for individuals who suffer from it and for those seeking to support them in their journey to manage gout effectively. Gout can affect daily activities, and if you are afflicted with this form of arthritis, 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 Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. 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.
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