Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by severe pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in a joint. Gout is most commonly found in the joint at the base of the big toe, although it can affect other joints as well. Gout can affect anyone, but it more commonly affects men age 40 to 50 and women after menopause. Gout is highly treatable.
Symptoms, Causes and Common Treatments
Severe pain in a joint
Severe swelling in a joint
Redness in a joint
Tenderness in a joint
Symptoms usually appear in the middle of the night
Gout is a painful form of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. Gout occurs when excess amounts of uric acid forms crystals that collect in the joints which become very painful and swollen. Gout most commonly attacks the big toe joint or ankle, though it can affect a variety of other joints. Over time, it can cause joint damage if left unaddressed. Excessive use of alcohol, a family history of gout, certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol can increase the risk of getting gout.
Medications are the most effective way to address gout. Additionally, modifications to diet can also help. During an attack, there are several ways to take pressure off of a painful big toe joint which can substantially reduce the pain of standing and walking while suffering from gout. Some of these solutions include using arch supports, rocker bottom shoes, shoes with deep, wide toe boxes and some shoe modifications.
Foot Solutions Products
- Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch supports (orthotics)
- Over-the-counter arch supports (orthotics)
- Rocker bottom shoes
- Shoes with deep, wide toe boxes
- On-site modifications to shoes and arch supports