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Scientists at the University of Nottingham have gathered more evidence that a person’s likelihood of getting gout is strongly affected by genetics. Their studies have identified people with first-degree relatives like parents, siblings, or children with gout as more likely to contract it themselves.

In addition, the researchers reported online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases that a person is also more likely to get it if a second-degree relative, like an aunt or uncle or grandparent, has it, although this effect is less dramatic than the effect first-degree relatives have.

Health scientists today are still debating whether gout is more affected by heredity or by externalities like diet, weight, and high blood pressure. "Currently, the balance between genetic and environmental contributions is still unclear," said Chang-Fu Kuo, one of the study’s researchers.

Gout is a systematic disease of the foot that can usually be avoided with proper care. If you are suffering from gout, consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can determine if you have gout or another systemic disease and provide you with care to help restore your feet to good health.

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 of them to recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body.  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 offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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With Gout Awareness Day, actor Jim Belushi has worked together with Savient Pharmaceutical and CreakyJoints, a patient support group in determination to instruct the public about the misapprehended disease of gout. All three have created an online video that features people who experience the condition daily.

Belushi continues to aim awareness and encourages education about gout to communities. The informative video released on Gout Awareness Day takes on real-world experiences and physician's perspective on the condition. "Gout is a difficult condition to understand unless you or someone you're close to has experienced it," said Belushi, "We hope that this effort will inspire people with gout to speak up and have similarly candid conversations about gout online, in their local communities and with their doctors.”

Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

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 of them to recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body.  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.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.