Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes painful swelling in the joints. It occurs most often in the big toe or in other areas of the foot. It is common for patients to experience gout flares that can last for days or weeks. The affected area may appear swollen and red. It may feel warm to the touch. Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the body which can lead to a buildup of uric acid crystals in joints and tissues. Certain factors can increase your risk for developing gout such as: obesity, hypertension, congestive heart failure, insulin resistance, diabetes, etc. Treatment for gout will vary based on a patient’s history. Our clinician’s at AOCC will work with you to determine an appropriate course of action.
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