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Gout

Gout

Gout is a condition caused by the build-up of uric acid, generally it affects your big toe and knee joints but can also affect your fingers, wrists, elbows

Symptoms
There are 2 types of gout, asymptomatic gout, which is when there is a build-up of uric acid but there are no visible signs or symptoms; and acute gout, which is when the symptoms come on quite quickly and can last between 3 and 10 days. Symptoms usually are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
If you leave the treatment of gout for too long, sediments of uric acid build-up and can permanently damage the joints affected.

You may be more susceptible to gout if you:

  • Are between 40-60 years of age
  • Consume alcohol regularly
  • Eat a purine-rich diet e.g. red meats and fish
  • Family history of gout
  • Have high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnoea or a kidney disease

Treatment and prevention
We will examine your symptoms and provide treatment options based on the severity of the gout. Treatment is usually to try and prevent a gout attack from occurring, the most common treatment options are:

  • Dietary adjustments
  • Exercise and hydration
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduction of alcohol consumption
  • Weight loss

Our Podiatrist may also recommend orthotics and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or cortisone injections to treat your symptoms during a gout attack.

At Mint Foot Care we will analyse and assess your feet to determine the best treatment option for you, based on symptoms, age and condition.

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