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Symptoms and Management of Early Onset Gout

Early onset gout, a form of arthritis, can be a debilitating condition that disrupts daily life and impacts overall well-being. Gout typically manifests as sudden and intense pain, swelling, and tenderness in the joints, often affecting the big toe initially. This inflammatory response occurs due to the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, resulting from an imbalance in the body's production and excretion of uric acid. While gout is commonly associated with older age and certain lifestyle factors, like diet and alcohol consumption, it can also develop in younger individuals, often due to genetic predisposition or underlying health conditions. Managing early onset gout involves a multifaceted approach, including medication to alleviate symptoms, dietary modifications to reduce purine-rich foods, and lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy weight and minimize alcohol intake. Gout typically affects the big toe, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. If you have been afflicted with gout, it is suggested that you seek prompt attention from a podiatrist who can offer you relief and prevention methods.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. 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 form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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 care needs.

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