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Can Children and Teenagers Suffer With Gout?

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that leads to pain and swelling in and around joints. It is much more common in adults but can affect children and teens as well. Gout affecting this younger age group is referred to as pediatric gout. With gout, excess uric acid in the blood builds up in the joints and forms sharp crystals to form in joints. The joints may become painful, swollen, and stiff. This condition usually starts in the big toe. Given how rare gout is in children, it is often thought to be from an underlying medical problem. This affliction can occur at birth or be associated with obesity, down syndrome, congenital heart disease, or kidney disease among other things. Male children experience a more sudden rise in uric acid levels at around age 12 compared to similarly aged females. This may be due to rising testosterone levels in males, which gives rise to increased uric acid. In contrast, rising estrogen levels in females cause an increase in uric acid removal. Increased uric acid levels may or may not lead to gout. If your child is complaining of big toe joint pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible to see if gout is the culprit.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Lexington Foot and Ankle Center, PSC. Our doctors 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 offices located in Harrodsburg, Frankfort, Georgetown, Lexington, and Flemingsburg, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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