We Can Now See All Patients And Are Following COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 00:00

Being at Risk for Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that usually affects the big toe joint but can also affect other toes, the ankle, and knee. The main symptom of gout that is difficult to ignore is intense pain, even sometimes intermittently. There might also be swelling, redness, and a heat sensation. Gout is caused by hyperuricemia, where too much uric acid collects from the breakdown of purines in the body that may come from the foods you eat. When there is too much uric acid, uric acid crystals (monosodium urate) build up in joints and tissues in the body which may turn into gout. Males certain health conditions (such as obesity, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and diabetes) as well as alcohol consumption, consumption of sugary foods or foods rich in purines – red meat and some kinds of seafood - can increase one's' risk of gout. Repeated bouts of gout can aggravate this form of arthritis. Results of a physical exam and any X-rays or lab work suggested, can confirm a diagnosis of gout. See a chiropodist if you are experiencing pain and related symptoms in your toe joints for proper diagnosis and a suggested treatment plan.

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Gout?

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. This type of arthritis is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When uric acid crystallizes in a joint, often the joint of the big toe, it can bring about a gout attack. 


Symptoms of gout include: 

  • Sudden and severe pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth 

  • Joint stiffness

  • Joint deformity


A chiropodist will ask questions about your personal and family medical history, followed by an examination of the affected joint. Laboratory tests and x-rays are sometimes ordered to determine if the inflammation is caused by something other than gout. A sample of fluid taken from your joint can show whether it contains uric acid. 


Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation. Patients with chronic gout can also use behavioral modifications such as diet, exercise, and decreased intake of alcohol to help minimize the frequency of gout attacks. Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be avoided since purines are converted in the body to uric acid. If left untreated, this painful condition can leave your joint permanently damaged and swollen.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Gout

Connect With Us