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Myths About Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid can crystallize in and around the joints, leading to painful gout flare ups which usually affect the small joints of the feet and toes. Gout flare ups can be intensely painful, making the affected joint inflamed, swollen, and stiff. Various myths exist about gout. It was once believed that gout only affects overweight or obese men, but this is not the case - anybody can get gout, regardless of their sex or size. Another common myth is that gout is not a serious or chronic condition. This is not the case, as gout can cause health complications like permanent joint damage and can become recurrent or chronic if steps are not taken to prevent future gout flare ups. Because of this, it is very important to get gout properly diagnosed and treated. If you have gout in your feet or toes, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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