Medical Monday: Gout
Gout is a type of painful arthritis that occurs because of elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. The elevated uric acid in blood causes crystals to form in joint spaces which causes the gout joint pain. More than 8.3 million people have suffered from Gout and chances increase with age.
The most common joint affected by gout is the great toe (the metatarsal proximal interphalangeal joint) however a gout attack can occur in any joint or in multiple joints in severe attacks. Check out more below on what Gout is and how to prevent a flare-up.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Gout, stop in at Island Urgent Care to get the care you deserve!
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