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What Is a Gout Attack?

Gout is a particular kind of foot condition that can be quite an annoyance for patients. Gout develops when urate crystals accumulate in joints of the feet. As a result of this accumulation, inflammation and pain can ensue. Podiatrists often use the term “gout attack” when talking with gout patients. This term refers to periods of time in which these crystals accumulate and pain is felt. An attack can be triggered by many different things. A common reason for a gout attack, among others, is eating foods that are high in purines. If you are someone that is living with gout, it is highly recommended that you consult a podiatrist today for assistance. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. 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 Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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