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Painful Gout

Gout, often referred to as the disease of kings, is a form of inflammatory arthritis that has affected individuals from all walks of life. This condition, caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, typically manifests as excruciating pain, swelling, and redness, often in the big toe. The pain can be so intense that even the touch of a bedsheet can trigger agony. Gout occurs when the body produces excessive uric acid or struggles to eliminate it efficiently, leading to the formation of sharp crystals within the joints. While it primarily targets the feet, gout can also affect other joints, such as the ankles, knees, and wrists. Dietary choices, genetics, obesity, and other medical conditions can contribute to gout's onset. Understanding this ailment is essential for individuals who suffer from it and for those seeking to support them in their journey to manage gout effectively. Gout can affect daily activities, and if you are afflicted with this form of arthritis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Summit Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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