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Gout Can Impact the Big Toe

Severe pain and discomfort in the joints of the big toe often accompany a medical condition known as gout. It is considered to be a form of arthritis, and can be caused by a variety of reasons. These can include genetic factors, eating foods that have high purine levels, or from medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease. It occurs from excess uric acid levels in the blood, and forms crystals that lodge in the joints of the body. Many patients have prevented uncomfortable gout attacks by incorporating healthy foods into their daily meal plan. Additionally, it is beneficial to maintain an active lifestyle, which may help in reducing excess weight. There are several effective treatment methods that can help to manage gout. If you are afflicted with this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jonathan Kletz from Texas Foot Works. 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 one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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