In the Ankle

As you can probably guess from the name, ankle gout involves that part of the body swelling up and becoming very painful. It typically will affect the ankle joint bones, tendons and ligaments and that makes it very hard to walk. Even the toes can swell up and then it can be impossible to get a pair of shoes on.

The big toe is the most common location where gout will occur but often people do get gout in the ankle. Typically it will only affect one leg or the other but some people do have problems with it on both legs at the same time. Not everyone gets gout on the toe though- it may go right to the ankle.

That is why people who walk often or who exercise may think that they have sprained or twisted their ankle. This is because the pain and the swelling can come on very suddenly. Someone may be going about their daily activities one moment and begin to feel tightness and some pain. Within hours they can be in the middle of a full blown attack. Because the ankle pain comes on suddenly some people may simply assume that they stepped badly.

These people may treat the area with that in mind and so they likely won’t even go to the doctor for treatment. It can take several days or even weeks for the ankle to stop hurting and for the pain to go away. With the wrong type of care though the pain and agony of the situation can linger much longer. Never assume that you know what the problem is — seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis.

Ankle gout occurs when there is too much uric acid being created in the body and stored. If you do seek medical attention, an inspection of the affected area of the body, blood testing and urine testing can help determine if gout is present or not. Such testing will show that there are higher than normal levels of such acid present in the body. If you take high blood pressure medication it could increase your risk of developing this condition.

Consuming fresh fruits prevents the development of ankle gout.
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Consuming fresh fruits prevents the development of ankle gout.

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Ankle gout is said to be among the most painful types of outbreaks. It is important to make sure you eat a well balanced diet, get exercise, and take action to reduce the chances of future outbreaks.

Take a close look at what you eat. Do you consume fresh fruits and vegetables daily? Do you drink enough water?
Studies show that the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables can help to eliminate the build up of uric acid in the body. Water can assist with flushing out toxins from the body. Anyone with a family history of this condition or who has experienced it in the past is urged to get to a healthy body weight. Avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol as that can trigger a problem.

Pay attention to signs from your body too. Often you can feel gout in ankle joints coming on so you can offset it fast. Talk to your doctor about the situation as well and do what you can at home to make it better. There are also wonderful support groups with individuals that have also been though rounds with the disease. They can share stories, offer tips, and assist you with the emotional toll that this problem can cause. All elements of your life will be affected by this condition so take action to avoid it.

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