Gout is a type of arthritis which causes uric acid crystals to form on joints—most commonly in the big toe. Symptoms may include pain, inflammation, redness, and limited range of motion. Gout was first identified around 2640 B.C. in ancient Egypt, and has been studied by countless scientists and physicians dating back to Hippocrates who called it “the unwalkable disease”. Uric acid crystals from a gouty deposit were first seen under a microscope in 1679, and the 19th century chemist, Emil Fischer’s, work established the relationship between uric acid and purine—which can raise levels of uric acid in the body. Some famous people who may have experienced gout include King Henry III, Sir Issac Newton, Ben Franklin, Sir Lawrence Olivier, David Wells, Jim Belushi, and Jared Leto—after gaining 60 lbs. for a movie role. Risk factors include eating a diet high in purines, a family history of gout, obesity, certain medical conditions and medications, and more. If you have pain or inflammation in your big toe, make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.
Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.
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