Gout is a condition that causes extreme, sudden intense pain, swelling, redness, and increased warmth to the affected area, very often the big toe joint. Gout often mimics infection and can go undetected by physicians, as blood tests taken soon after may demonstrate an attack normal uric acid levels. A podiatrist has the clinical experience necessary to make an early diagnosis.
Gout is the result of the accumulation of uric acid in the blood stream caused by an abnormal metabolism of purines. Purines are the by-products of proteins. Uric acid then crystallizes in the joint. These deposits that form the joint the joint will lead to selling, redness, and pain and will ultimately damage the joint cartilage.
Acute attacks of the gout are treated with prescription anti-inflammatory drugs or an injection directly into the joint to drain crystalline deposits. Recurrent incidences of gout are treated with drugs, such as Allopurinol, which controls the level of uric acid levels in the blood. Frequently the patient is instructed to start a low purine diet, which restricts the consumption of alcohol and red meat. Patients who take aspirin and some high blood pressure medications are prone to gout attacks and should be monitored.
See a podiatrist immediately if symptoms occur. If susceptible to gout, eat a low purine diet by restricting red meat and alcohol consumption.