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When Gout Is Not Getting Better

Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. The uric acid deposits in the joints, usually those of the big toe, and forms crystals, which lead to pain, redness, and swelling in the joint. There are various treatments for gout, but what if none of them are working for you? There is a possibility that you may not have gout. Pseudogout, a condition that mimics gout but causes calcium crystals to build up in the joints instead of uric acid crystals, may be the real culprit. It is also possible that you may have a different type of arthritis, such as reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, infectious arthritis, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, or chronic osteoarthritis. For more information about gout, conditions that might mimic it, and treatment recommendations, consult with a podiatrist. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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