Q What causes gout?
Gout is a condition that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain. The big toe joint is the most common area to be affected when it comes to feet. This condition is a complex form of arthritis that, while painful, can be treated and prevented.
This form of arthritis happens when levels of uric acid in the body accumulate. Too much uric acid results in the formation of urate crystals in the joints. These crystals are needle-like in form, which explains the inflammation and pain that comes with their presence. Uric acid usually just dissolves, but with some people the body produces too much, or kidneys do not function like they should to excrete the acid as needed.
Uric acid is formed when your body breaks down purines, a substance found in your body and in certain foods. If you know you are susceptible to gout attacks, it is helpful to avoid foods particularly high in purines such as anchovies, asparagus, mushrooms and organ meats.
This toe pain can be severe, making it unbearable to even have a sheet resting on your feet at night. Please call Dr. Danciger today for treatment for this condition or more ways to avoid future attacks. Call our office to make an appointment at (760) 568-0108.