Gout

Ankle Pain - GoutGout is a metabolic disorder and results in the formation of Uric Acid crystals within joints. It is often larger joints that are affected, therefore in the foot the big toe joint is often seen as most affected.

A flare up of gout is extremely painful and the affected joint will often be red and swollen. Gout can often create deposits called ‘Tophus’ – whereby a chalky white substance can be seen. In treating gout, podiatrists can help by protecting and padding affected joints, and providing wound-care to areas where tophus has led to the skin breaking down.

Medications include anti-inflammatories or longer term medication to prevent gout. Recurrent bouts of gout may cause arthritic change within a joint which your podiatrist can sometimes help manage through special orthoses (insoles) or footwear.

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