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Women Affected by Gout Has Doubled

Studies have indicated that the foot condition known as gout affects men more than women. While this is still true, over the last 20 years the number of cases in which women have developed gout has doubled. Menopause may be a contributing factor due to a lack of estrogen. Gout is a form of arthritis that generally affects the joints in the big toe. This happens as a result of excess uric acid in the blood which collects in the joints of the toes. Studies have shown that women experience gout in multiple joints and may begin in toes other than the big toe. Gout attacks can be controlled by eating foods that have fewer purines than other foods. It is suggested to limit the intake of red meat, shellfish, and drinks that contain a large amount of sugar. Engaging in light exercise programs and drinking plenty of water daily may help. Gout can cause debilitating pain so it is wise to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Gerber Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors 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 office located in Evanston, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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