Gout – Patient Education Overview

Gout is a type of arthritis brought on by “glass-like” uric acid crystal deposits in the joints (most typically the large toe) with excessive uric acid in the blood. Our patient education guide will help assist with this painful type of arthritis.

Increased risks stem from:

  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Excessive consumption of red meat and fish
  • Some diuretics (water pills)

Symptoms involving toes, feet, ankles, knees include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Shooting pains

 

Written by Barbara Hales, MD

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