Gout is a unique form of inflammatory arthritis. Unlike osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis where the joints degrade with time and attack themselves respectively, gout occurs due to an accumulation of uric acid in the body. When the uric acid reaches a high enough concentration in the bloodstream, crystals form in the joints causing severe pain and swelling.
Uric acid is a natural waste product so gout occurs when the body is unable to clear it fast enough. It is commonly seen in men between the ages of 40 and 50. But it can also be influenced by certain medications, high cholesterol or blood pressure, dietary habits, obesity and kidney disease.
The first course of action when you have a flare up is a visit to the doctor. Medication helps to reduce the inflammation and the pain of the flare up. Gout attacks the joints of the feet leading to permanent damage. Podiatrists help with the management of the feet post gout. Footwear and orthotics help to offload the pressure from these joints, additionally muscle loosening helps to alleviated tension within the feet.
If you are having problems with your feet after gout, call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to see one of our podiatrists.