• Can Gout Cause Foot Pain ?

    on Apr 11th, 2018

If you have had gout in the past then you may be familiar with the sudden onset of excruciating pain that comes with it. 

Gout typically presents in the joints of the hands and feet. In the lower extremity, this may be in the ankle, or any of the toes. Usually the area with the most compromise is where the gouty crystals will settle. These crystals are from the undissolved uric acid that is in the blood. 

The lower extremity certainly takes a fair amount of the body's stress. The toes in particular will be prone to arthritis and therefore pain here can be not simply from arthritis but chronic gout as well. More unusual is gout in and about the ankle. 

Pain in the joints that is due to gout may improve with dietary modifications. A definitive diagnosis can be made with the sampling of the affected joint's fluid. Long-term improvement may require oral medication and in some cases surgery. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing pain in your feet or toes, make an appointment to see us now at either of our convenient locations. Same day appointments are available. 

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