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Do I Have Gout?
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gout  

Over 8 million Americans struggle with cases of gout according to a journal published by the American College of Rheumatology. It is a goutcondition that is related to poor diet, obesity, and cardiovascular problems. Gout symptoms can be very inconvenient—especially when it affects the feet. If you believe you may have gout, learn the symptoms. Also, don’t hesitate to get confirmation and treatment from an Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Clinton, MD podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland.

What Is Gout?
Gout is an arthritic condition caused by deposits of crystallized uric acid in the joints. Patients who have high levels of uric acid in their bloodstream develop this problem due to metabolic syndrome—a combination of health conditions, including hypertension and diabetic complications. Patients who are very overweight are often diagnosed with gout. It is common in the feet, which is why podiatrists are often called on to treat this problem.

Gout Symptoms
The most notable symptom of gout is frequent bouts of sudden pain in the feet that can be felt in the toe joints. If you try to move your toes, the pain may be even more intense. The toes may also swell and become red in color due to inflammation. Gout pain often occurs while sleeping, which is why it’s important that it is treated and managed promptly. If it disrupts the sleep cycle, it can create additional health challenges, including fatigue.

How Is Gout Treated?
Sometimes the symptoms of gout come and go in the span of a few days, never to return. But in other cases, it is a chronic problem that needs to be treated by your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Clinton, MD podiatrist. The treatments for gout range from physical therapy to medications and corticosteroid injections for joint pain. You must also commit to dietary changes, including drinking more water, eating  less  carbs, reducing alcohol consumption, and cutting back on fatty meats.

See Your Podiatrist for Help with Gout 
No matter what gout symptoms you’re currently experiencing, mild or severe, a podiatrist at Maryland Feet in Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Clinton, MD can help. Call the office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy.