Gout is a form of arthritis that causes intense joint pain, inflammation, and redness. The condition is caused by an accumulation of uric acid. Gout typically strikes the big toe joints, knees, ankles, and insteps. Should a gout attack occur, professional care can dramatically alleviate the agony of an attack. Some steps that can help avoid an attack include maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding foods like red meat, red wine, beer, shellfish, limiting alcohol intake, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Many medical conditions that affect the body's joints cause damage to your feet. Although as your podiatrist I do not treat the underlying medical condition, I do work closely with your primary care physician to provide care and catch problems early.
P.S. More than 2 million American suffer from gout.