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When Your Big Toe Joint Suddenly Becomes Painful

There are purine compounds that are naturally present in the body. Purines are also in certain foods, such as shellfish, red meat, beer, wine, and salt. When the body breaks down purines, uric acid is generated as a by-product. If the body cannot properly expel this uric acid, it can crystallize and collect in joints. This is known as gout—a form of arthritis. Gout can occur on any joint in the body, but it typically forms first on the joint of the big toe. Gout attacks, or flares, can occur suddenly, with intense symptoms such as extreme pain, redness, warmth, and swelling in the affected joint. Some believe that reducing your consumption of purine rich foods may help keep gout at bay. Gout is also believed to be hereditary. A podiatrist can diagnose gout by analyzing uric acid levels in your joint fluid and blood. Symptoms can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications and other treatments. If the gouty crystals on your joints are excessive, surgery may be an option to repair damage to your joints.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. 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 offices located in River Oaks and Sharpstown in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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