Tigard Podiatrist

11815 SW King James Pl, Suite 60
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 639-8107

Canby Podiatrist

358 NW 1st Ave, Suite 5
Canby, OR 97013
(503) 263-2347
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Foot and Ankle Injuries, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, ingrown toenails and sports injuries


Gout

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Gout is a condition that results from an increased or overload of uric acid crystals in the body and is nine times more common in men than women. Most often it afflicts men after puberty, with a peak ages of 40-60. When a person has a gout attack, it is typically marked by the following symptoms:

Intense, sudden pain, many times beginning in the middle of the night
Significant redness, swelling and increased temperature across the joint making it difficult to even have the bedsheets touch the foot

What are the causes of gout?

Uric acid is a byproduct of certain types of foods called purines, which are contained in many types of foods we eat. Some of the foods which contain large amounts of purines include red meat, red wine, sardines, herring and alcoholic beverages. Some people develop gout because their body naturally overproduces uric acid crystals and other times the kidneys are unable to eliminate normal amounts of uric acid crystals. As the purines overload the body, the uric acid crystals will typically affect the great toe joint of the foot. In other instances, gout can affect the ankle or knee joint. Most often gout is inherited. Other factors which may affect a patient include long-term use of high blood pressure medication, including the use of water pills.