A form of arthritis that attacks the joints in the big toe is often referred to as gout. This condition may typically occur abruptly, and obvious symptoms may include severe pain and discomfort, swollen joints, and redness. It develops as a result of excess uric acid in the blood, which can form crystals in the joints. This may occur because of specific foods that are ingested, including an overabundance of shellfish, alcohol, or red meat. Some patients may develop this ailment from inherited genes, being overweight, and taking certain medications. If you are afflicted by this type of arthritis, it’s important that it is treated as quickly as possible, to avoid the development of additional complications. Please speak with a podiatrist about the treatment options that are right for you.Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Sergey Losyev from Global Podiatry of NY & NJ. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.What Is Gout?Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.SymptomsIntense Joint Pain – Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hoursLingering Discomfort – Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeksInflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and redLimited Range of Motion – May experience a decrease in joint mobilityRisk FactorsGenetics – If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have itMedications – Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levelsGender/Age – Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that pointDiet – Eating red meat and shellfish increases your riskAlcohol – Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your riskObesity – Obese people are at a higher risk for goutPrior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms–including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Morganville, NJ, Bay Street in Brooklyn, and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.