Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs as a
result of the build-up of uric acid in the body and the joint fluid (hyperuricemia). This accumulation of uric acid typically
occurs when the body has difficulty processing certain protein substances called purines
(PURE-EONS) that are found naturally in our diets.
The actual build-up of uric acid can result
when the body has difficulty eliminating uric acid through the kidneys and urine, or in
some cases, when the body produces too much uric acid. The tendency to accumulate uric
acid is often hereditary. It can, however, skip an individual or even a generation and
reappear in the children of someone who has no signs of gout. While it is most commonly
seen in males between fifty and sixty years of age, gout does occur in females and in
One of the places that Gout tends to start is
in your foot.
Gout Foot - Symptoms
Gout usually starts with a sudden onset of intense pain in
one or more joints, usually the big toe joint of the foot. The pain is accompanied by
redness, swelling and warmth over the joint. Typically, the patient does not recall
injuring the joint before the pain started. Many patients say they first noticed pain in
the middle of the night or upon arising in the morning.
While symptoms most commonly occur in the big toe joint,
any joint may be involved. Other common sites are the instep of the foot, the ankle, or
the knee. When the foot is involved, wearing shoes is difficult and painful, as are
attempts to move the joint or stand on the foot.