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Wednesday, 27 March 2024 18:19

Who Is Vulnerable to Developing Gout?

GoutGout, often characterized by sudden and intense pain, swelling, and redness in the joints, primarily affects individuals who exhibit certain predisposing factors. Men over the age of 40 are particularly susceptible, as are postmenopausal women due to hormonal changes. Additionally, those with a family history of gout are at an increased risk, suggesting a genetic component to the condition. Lifestyle choices can also play a significant role. Excessive alcohol consumption, particularly beer, and a diet rich in purine-containing foods such as red meat, seafood, and organ meats can elevate the risk. Additionally, obesity and conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease are associated with a higher likelihood of developing gout. Taking certain medications, such as diuretics, can contribute to elevated uric acid levels, increasing the likelihood of gout flare-ups. If you have had one or more gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Brent Harwood, DPM from Southeast Podiatry. 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 our offices located in Fairhope, Brewton, and Atmore, AL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your podiatric needs.

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