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Symptoms and Causes of Gout in Children

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

While often associated with adults, gout can also affect children, although less frequently. Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by sudden and severe episodes of joint pain, swelling, and inflammation, typically in the big toe. This condition arises due to an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to sharp pain and discomfort. In children, gout may occur as a result of genetic factors, metabolic disorders, or taking certain medications. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as poor diet, obesity, and dehydration can contribute to elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream, increasing the risk of gout attacks. Children with underlying health conditions, such as kidney disease or leukemia, may also be predisposed to developing gout. Recognizing the symptoms of gout in children, including joint pain, redness, and swelling, is vital for early diagnosis and management. If your child has symptoms of gout, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer effective management strategies.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Robert Marcus from Foot & Ankle Center of Teaneck. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Teaneck, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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