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How Uric Acid Causes Gout

Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

Gout occurs when an over-abundance of uric acid in the body creates urate crystals in a joint, causing severe pain, redness, and inflammation. The body produces uric acid as a waste product from breaking down purines—a chemical compound in certain foods and drinks. Obesity, kidney disease, water pills, cancer, and consuming too many sugary drinks, seafood, or red meat can cultivate a profusion of uric acid in the bloodstream. Left untreated, gout may cause permanent joint damage or disfigurement, and surgery may be necessary to remove hard nodules, called tophi, that can form under the skin. Since gout is a type of arthritis that can often form in the big toe or ankle, consult a podiatrist if you exhibit symptoms in order to be properly diagnosed and treated.


Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Alexander Terris from Total Foot Care. Our doctor 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 office located in Wilmington, DE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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