Various Ways of Testing for Gout

Gout, a painful form of arthritis, often causes intense swelling in a single joint, typically the big toe. Gout is the result of high levels of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid forms crystals in the joints that result in sudden and severe pain, called flare ups. Diagnostic lab tests for gout examine blood or joint fluid for uric acid levels or crystals, though not all cases show elevated uric acid levels. Imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasounds, or special CT scans can help show joint damage or uric acid crystals. Monitoring lab tests can track uric acid levels over time, with additional assessments of kidney function through creatinine and blood urea nitrogen, or BUN, tests. A urinalysis is used to detect uric acid in urine. Regular imaging tests monitor joint health to detect any damage caused by untreated gout. A podiatrist can conduct the appropriate diagnostic tests for gout. If you are experiencing toe joint pain or suspect gout, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Centers of Charlotte County . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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