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gout-foot2About four years ago, former football player Emmitt Smith was diagnosed with gout. Gout is a disease that affects about eight million people worldwide. Like many conditions of the feet, gout is also known for being hereditary, with Smith inheriting the condition from both of his maternal and paternal grandfathers.

Initially, the former NFL professional was able to treat the condition with medication that was prescribed, but continued to deal with flare-ups. To address these flare-ups, Smith was provided with a new drug to help keep his uric acid levels at a manageable level. Since then, Smith has not contended with any further gout-related flare-ups.

Gout can make daily living difficult and painful. If you or a loved one is struggling with gout, visit podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can provide treatment to your gout-affected feet with the professionalism and care you need.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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