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Why You Should Treat Your Gout

Many people experience occasional gout attacks. These flare ups cause sudden, severe pain, swelling, and warmth in the affected joint that usually last between 3 and 10 days. Once the gout attack ends, the symptoms subside - at least until the next gout attack. If the severe pain of a flare up is not reason enough to seek medical care, it is important to remember the risk of gout becoming chronic if it is left untreated. Gout is a form of arthritis. When steps are not taken to treat this condition, hard lumps called tophi can develop in your joints, skin, and surrounding tissues, causing permanent joint damage and swelling. Managing the symptoms of gout and preventing future attacks are the main goals of treatment. To learn more about gout, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. 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 office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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