The development of gout in the feet is painful and may impact the ability to walk. By recognizing when a problem is developing, it is possible to take steps to treat the condition and reduce the amount of pain that develops.

What is Gout?

The simple definition of gout is an acute form of arthritis. It causes inflammation in the joints between the bones and is particularly painful when it occurs in the feet because of the number of joints between the toes and ankles.

Signs of the Condition

The common signs of gout include:

  • Pain in the joints
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat at the joint

Although the signs seem obvious, it may be possible to overlook the condition when it first develops. Swelling and redness may not develop immediately and the pain often worsens over time.

Causes of Gout

Gout is a complicated condition that is caused by a variety of different situations. Although it is a partially genetic form of arthritis, it is also possible to develop the painful inflammation after taking certain medications, developing other medical conditions or as the result of a lifestyle situation.

A diet that includes alcohol, seafood and fructose-sweetened food items can increase the risk of developing the condition. Surgery or physical trauma from an accident may also cause the condition to develop.

Treatment Options

Treating gout depends on the amount of damage inflammation has caused and the current situation. In many cases, medical professionals recommend specific dietary habits that can help reduce inflammation in the body. Medications are also an important part of treating the condition because they help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation around the joints.

Early treatment is an important part of protecting the feet from deformities that may develop when the joints swell. We can help San Diego residents by providing appropriate treatment plans based on the severity of the condition and potential complications that are contributing to the inflammation.