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Early Onset Gout

Early onset gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, can afflict individuals before the age of 40 typically manifesting as sudden and intense joint pain, commonly in the big toe. This condition arises due to the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to inflammation and debilitating discomfort. Several risk factors contribute to the development of early onset gout, including genetics, a diet rich in purines found in red meat and seafood, alcohol consumption, and certain medical conditions like hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Elevated body mass index, or BMI also exacerbates the risk, as obesity often correlates with higher uric acid levels. If you are under 40 and believe you may be suffering from gout, it is strongly suggested that you include a podiatrist on your care team. This foot specialist can offer a range of interventions to alleviate pain and prevent future gout flare-ups.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Services . 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 Murrieta, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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