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Gout (Gouty Arthritis)


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Gout (or, Gouty Arthritis) is a condition caused by a buildup of the uric acid – a normal byproduct of the diet- in your joints. A single big toe joint is commonly the affected area, possibly because it is subject to so much pressure in walking. Attacks of Gouty are extremely painful. Men are much more likely to be afflicted than women. Some research suggests that diet heavy in red meat, rich sauces, cheeses, shellfish, liver and brandy is commonly associated with gout. Other research implicates protein compounds in foods such as lentils and beans.

The most common symptom of an acute attack of Gout is waking up in the middle of the night with severe, throbbing pain in the big toe, which is almost always red, hot and swollen. Usually only one of the big toes is affected. This pain can be brought under control by certain prescription medications. Applying ice or cooling lotions will sometimes help during an acute attack.

Specially-made shoes can sometimes relieve the pain associated with gout.

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