The medical condition that is referred to as gout may often come in the form of severe flare-ups. They can happen suddenly, and common symptoms can include swelling, redness, and pain surrounding the big toe. Patients who are susceptible to this condition often have elevated levels of uric acid in their bloodstream. This may come from eating foods that have high purine levels which include shellfish, red meat, and alcohol. The excess uric acid can cause crystals to form in the joints, and this typically happens in the big toe. Research has indicated many gout attacks occur at night, and this may be a result of a lower body temperature, in addition to hormone changes that may happen during sleep. It is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist as soon as you can about the proper treatment techniques.
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.
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.
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