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What Are the Risk Factors for Developing Gout

Gout is an arthritic condition that can cause severe pain, redness, heat and swelling in the big toe joint (typically), as well as other joints. This condition is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is a byproduct that is produced when the body processes purines, which are chemical compounds found naturally in the body as well as in certain foods. It is believed that consuming large amounts of alcohol, red and organ meat, certain seafood, and high fructose drinks can increase a person’s risk for developing gout. Other risk factors include heredity, being male and/or obese, and having health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems, congestive heart failure, and more. Gout flares are sudden onsets of symptoms which can last for days or even weeks, only to disappear for long periods of time as the disease goes into remission for a time. While there is no cure for gout, a podiatrist can help create a treatment and management plan to manage pain and avoid the condition from worsening.


 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Yitzchak Cohen, DPM from Cohen Foot & Ankle. 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.

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 office located in Lodi, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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