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The Impact of Gout and Hyperuricemia

Gout, a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, leads to sudden and severe pain, swelling, and redness, usually in the big toe. Hyperuricemia, a condition characterized by high levels of uric acid in the blood, is closely linked to developing gout. Factors such as diet, genetics, and certain medications can contribute to elevated uric acid levels. Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet low in purines, controlled hydration, and managing weight can help decrease the severity of gout attacks. Acute gout attacks can be triggered by dietary choices, alcohol consumption, and stress. Medications to lower uric acid levels or reduce inflammation may be prescribed by a podiatrist to manage gout symptoms effectively. If you experience any symptoms of gout, regular consultations with a podiatrist are suggested to provide personalized treatment plans and improve foot health.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior 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 our office located in Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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