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Common Symptoms of Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, intense pain, often in the big toe, but it can affect other joints as well. The pain is typically described as sharp, throbbing, or excruciating, making even the lightest touch unbearable. In addition to the pain, affected joints often become swollen, red, and warm to the touch. These symptoms can come on suddenly, often at night, and can last for several days or even weeks. During a gout attack, movement of the affected joint is extremely painful, and the skin around the joint can appear shiny and stretched. Some individuals might also experience a lingering discomfort even after the severe pain subsides, along with decreased mobility in the joint. Chronic gout can lead to persistent pain and can cause damage to the joints over time. If you have pain in your big toe, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Daniel Mendoza, DPM from Nashville 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 office located in Hendersonville, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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