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Urea Crystals in the Feet

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Gout, also known as a gout attack, is a type of arthritis characterized by the sudden onset of severe pain, swelling, warmth, and redness of a joint. Although any joint can become affected, gout is particularly common in the big toe joints and is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. More specifically, when there is an excess of uric acid in the blood, it can begin to form tiny crystals in and around joints. These crystals are hard, needle-shaped, and build up slowly over time. When some of them spill over into the synovium, which lines the joints, they bring about pain and inflammation. The crystals can also pack together, forming hard lumps called tophi that can progressively damage joints. If you experience gout flare ups in your feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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