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Kansas City KS 66112

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GOUT

Gout is a type of arthritis and can affect anyone.  Men are more likely to be afflicted by it.  It is characterized by sudden, severe attackes of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints, most often in the joint at the base of the big toe.

CAUSES

Gout occurs when urate crystals accumulate in the joint, causing the inflammation and intense pain.  The crystals form when you have high levels of uric acid in your blood.  Normally, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine.  Gout can be diagnosed with a blood test to measure the uric acid level in your blood.

Factors that increase the uric acid level in your body include:

Lifestyle factors such as excessive alcohol use.

Medical conditions such as untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, high levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood, and narrowing of the arteries.

Certain medications such as thiazide diuretics and low-dose aspirin. 

Family history of gout.

Age and gender. Gout occurs more often in men than women.  Women after menopause are more likely to get it than women prior to menopause.

WHEN TO SEE A PODIATRIST

If you are having sudden, intense pain in a toe joint, especially the joint of a big toe, call your podiatrist.   There are medications that can be prescribed for the pain and for limiting the amount of uric acid in your blood.  Your doctor can discuss lifestyle changes with you also to prevent further gout attacks.

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