Gout is a common type of arthritis that causes intense pain, swelling, and stiffness in a joint, most commonly the joint in the big toe.
Gout attacks can come on quickly and keep returning over time, slowly harming tissues in the region of the inflammation, and can be extremely painful. Hypertension, cardiovascular, and obesity are risk factors for gout.
Gout is caused initially by an excess of uric acid in the blood, or hyperuricemia. Uric acid is produced in the body during the breakdown of purines – chemical compounds that are found in high amounts in certain foods such as meat, poultry, and seafood.
Treatment is mainly by use of medications and a change of diet to avoid foods that cause uric acid production. There are different types of gout and it is essential to get tested to ascertain if your pain or swelling is gout or some other joint condition. Call or text 0720 797450 to book an appointment.