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Harry I. Zirna, DPM

Possible Reasons Gout Attacks Can Occur

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

One form of inflammatory arthritis is known as gout. This condition often causes severe pain and discomfort in the big toe and surrounding area, and it may be difficult to accomplish daily activities. Many patients experience gout attacks that occur suddenly, and can last for several days. This condition happens as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream, and can be caused by a variety of reasons. These can include genetic factors, eating foods that have high purine levels, and being overweight. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include debilitating pain and swelling surrounding the big toe, and the impacted area may be red and tender when touched. Gout may be controlled by eating healthy foods, and taking specific medications that may relieve a portion of the pain. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Harry I. Zirna from Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna 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 offices located in Lockport and Medina, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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