Gout is a widespread condition which can be quite painful for those who have it. It is due to uric acids building up in the joint that gets to a point which it becomes too much for the joint to deal with. Any joint can be affected by gout, but quite possibly the most prevalent is the hallux joint in the feet. It's not obvious why this joint is much more commonly damaged, but it could possibly be due to the fact that joint is much cooler than other joints as it is so far from your core of the body, or maybe it is because that joint is afflicted by more trauma. The uric acid collects in your joint if the bloodstream quantities are too high. The bloodstream levels could very well be increased as many people are simply more genetically susceptible to it, however it is also as a result of dietary problems as there are some foods which can be higher in purines that the body converts to uric acid. If your uric acid accumulates in the joint it will cause an inflammatory reaction which is really painful. The traditional sign of gout is a rapid oncoming of really extreme pain.
Treatments for gout begins with using medications to take care of this first pain. As soon as that has resolved various medicines are often used to help reduce the uric acid levels through getting the renal system to excrete more so that it does not accumulate in the body. Of equivalent, or even more, significance to the medicines is lifestyle changes which includes reducing your weight and having a diet to ensure that foods which include red meat and shell fish which can be an excellent source of purines are averted. A recently available episode of the Podiatrist's live show, PodChatLive featured a talk with Keith Rome who is a well known expert in how gout will affect the foot and just how podiatry practitioners have got several techniques that they can use to treat the affects of gout to the foot. If you're a foot doctor or have gout, it is worthwhile a watch or listen.