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Sutherland Podiatrist Discuss Gout in the Foot and How It Reacts With Diabetes?

Gout is a special type of arthritis caused by an excess of uric acid in the blood.  Uric acid crystals tend to settle in joints; the big toe joint is the most common site.  These crystals can cause the big toe joint to become extremely painful, red, warm and swollen.  If you have the symptoms of gout, your doctor may withdraw some joint fluid and examine it under a microscope to look for these crystals.  Medications and a special diet to lower the uric acid levels in the body are the main treatments for gout.

Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between gout and an infection caused by bacteria.  If you think you might have gout, it is important to see your doctor.

Repeated episodes of gout tend to damage the big toe joint and may make it stiff.  This can cause a high-pressure spot on your foot that is more prone to developing callus and an ulcer.  Be sure to check your feet daily for any signs of redness or ulceration.  If the joint does become stiff, you may need surgery to help loosen it or to replace it with an artificial joint.

We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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