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What Is Gout?

Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Common symptoms from the condition known as gout may include swelling and tenderness of the big toe. Many patients may also be aware of the severe pain and discomfort gout may cause. It is known to lodge uric acid crystals in the joints, and this generally occurs in the big toe. Elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream is typically the reason for this condition to develop, and it may be a result of the body’s inability to excrete uric acid via the kidneys. If certain foods are frequently ingested, this may lead to the formation of gout. These can include shellfish, excessive amounts of alcohol, or red meat. There may also be a connection between patients who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and the development of gout. If you are suffering from gout, speak to a podiatrist who can prescribe you the proper treatment.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. 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.


  • 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 Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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