Gout is a complex form of Arthritis that occurs when urate crystals build up in the joints causing an acute intense pain with associated redness, swelling and tenderness around the joint. The pain can come without warning and usually happens at night and can be so intense that even walking may seem impossible.
Urate crystals form when you have high levels of uric acid in your blood. This usually happens when the body breaks down purines which are naturally found in your body and in certain foods such as red meats, fish, chicken, organ meat, and shell fish. Normally, uric acid will be dissolved in your blood and passes throughyour kidneys and excreted in the urine. But sometimes your body either produces too much uric acid or the kidneys excrete too little uric acid. When this happens, uric acid can build up, forming sharp, needle-like urate crystals in a joint causing pain.
Anyone can suffer from this condition even though males are more likely to be affected than females. Gout can affect any joint in the body. This condition however is more commonly found in the distal joints especially in the big toe, ankle, and knee where the uric acid crystals will settle into the joint causing an intense inflammatory reaction.
If you have gout, don't worry. It is a very treatable condition with medications and diet modifications to a low purine diet. If you had this condition or think you may be suffering from it, make an appointment with us today at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Specialists where our expert can evaluate, treat, and answer any questions you may have about gout.