Gout

Gout

Gout is an extremely painful joint disorder characterized by joint swelling, pain and redness. Gout is caused by increased levels of a compound known as uric acid in the body. Uric acid is a byproduct of purine metabolism. Some examples of purine-rich foods would be red meat, wine, alcohol, and sardines.

Gout is extremely painful and treatment tends to be more effective if it is implemented closer to the onset of pain and other symptoms. A number of treatments do exist including oral anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine and steroids. Sometimes a steroid can be injected around the joint.

Chronic gout attacks are frustrating and typically mean a chronic medication may be required. This is best assessed by your podiatrist with possible referral to a rheumatologist.

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