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Do I Have Gout, or Pseudogout?

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

Gout is a form of arthritis that often affects the joints of the feet and ankles. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream forming crystals in the affected joint. This leads to symptoms such as sudden and severe pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the joint. Pseudogout is a similar condition and can also affect the joints of the feet and ankles, causing severe pain. Unlike gout, however, pseudogout is caused by a buildup of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in the affected joint. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis for these conditions, as their treatments vary. A podiatrist can diagnose gout or pseudogout by performing a thorough physical examination, asking about your medical history, and taking a fluid sample from the affected joint to see if either uric acid or calcium pyrophosphate is present in the sample. Imaging studies, such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or CT scans may also be needed to get an accurate diagnosis. If you have symptoms of either of these conditions, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible. 

 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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