Gout is a complex disease that is a type of arthritis that can cause intense swelling along with pain in your feet. This disease is caused by excess amounts of uric acid, possibly due to the body not getting rid of the acid properly. Crystals are created from the acid and they specifically form around the joints, building up over time. The crystals are responsible for the pain symptoms.
Gout causes ‘gout attacks’ which are painful flare-ups from the condition. Although everyone’s experience with this condition is unique, there are common symptoms and signs those suffering from gout face. Most attacks happen in the early morning or late at night, usually a sudden and severe pain in the joints. In extreme cases, gout can even make your feet feel as if they are on fire. Tender joints is another common effect of gout, along with stiffness. You may experience partial immobility of that joint from the stiffness.
Dealing with gout long term can cause permanent damage to your joints. High uric acid levels will only create more of the crystals that cause the discomfort. As well as joint corrosion, the inflammation can also damage bone and cartilage in your foot. Gout can also advance to your ankle and knee, even though most gout starts off on the big toe.
Another long-term effect of this condition are bumps forming under the skin. These bumps can appear on the hands, fingers, ears, elbows, or any part of the body. The bumps are painless but do noticeably stick out from under the skin. Lastly, kidney problems can occur with gout due to the excess uric acid. Kidney problems such as a gouty kidney, kidney stones, and even possibly kidney failure.
Talk to your doctor if you are suffering from this condition or you feel that your gout is getting worse. There are medications available in order to treat and help regulate the uric acid levels in the body.