What is it and what are the symptoms?
Gout is painful inflammation of a joint as a result of build-up of crystals within the joint.
What causes them?
The crystals are made of uric acid, a substance that is found in many foods and usually excreted by the kidneys. People who produce too much uric acid, or whose kidneys do not excrete it enough, are predisposed to the development of gout.
When the levels of uric acid in the blood are high enough, it begins to collect as crystals in joints which leads to pain and swelling. Gout most often affects the base of the big toe, but can affect any joint. It tends to recur in repeated attacks of acute inflammation.
Your GP will confirm the presence of gout.
What is the treatment?
Acute attacks of gout are treated with anti-inflammatory medications as prescribed by your GP.
How do I book an appointment?
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.