What’s “gout” my foot hurting?
Gout is a common disease caused by excess uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes and deposits in your joints which leads to inflammation and pain.
What you eat and drink play a big part of how much uric acid accumulates in the blood.
Uric acid is produced in the body during the breakdown of certain foods such as red meat, fish and alcohol.
Gout can occur in any joint, however the big toe is the most common location.
Symptoms occur rapidly and include pain, redness and swelling, often happening at night.
During an acute attack, anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen can help decrease the pain. There is also prescription medication such as colchicine which can help decrease the duration.
Some people who get very frequent attacks will benefit from preventative medication such as allopurinol.
Proper diet, exercise and weight control can help prevent gout. Speak with your doctor if you think you may be suffering from gout to see what your options are to help become pain free.