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Ouch! Is it Gout or Something Else?

Updated: Apr 10

Foot pain can be a real drag, and sometimes it's tough to figure out what's causing the ouch. If you're wondering if your sore foot might be due to gout, let's explore some signs to watch for, but remember, it’s best to see a podiatrist to confirm any suspicions.


Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in the joints. It can strike any joint, but it's particularly fond of the big toe, making mornings a real struggle for some folks.

Here are some telltale signs of a gout attack:

  • Sudden and intense pain: This is often described as throbbing, crushing, or even excruciating, and it can come on suddenly, often at night.

  • Swelling and redness: The affected joint will likely be swollen, red, warm, and tender to the touch, even a light sheet brushing against it can feel painful.

  • Limited movement: The pain and swelling can make it difficult to move the affected joint normally.

But wait, there's more! It's important to remember that these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. So, if you're experiencing any of these, the best course of action is to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. They can properly diagnose the cause of your foot pain and recommend the right treatment plan, whether it's gout, another condition, or even an injury.

In the meantime, here are some tips to keep your feet happy:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can contribute to gout attacks.

  • Limit certain foods and drinks: These include things high in purines, like red meat, organ meats, and certain seafoods.

  • Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated helps flush out uric acid.

  • Wear supportive shoes: Proper footwear can help reduce stress on your joints.

By taking care of your feet and seeking professional help when needed, you can keep your steps light and pain-free! This blog post was created with the assistance of artificial intelligence to ensure accuracy and provide the latest information on foot health.

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