Gout is a general term for a variety of conditions caused by a build-up of uric acid, which usually affects your feet. There are a variety of factors that can play a role in causing it. Certain conditions, such as blood and metabolism disorders, can cause your body to produce too much uric acid. Drinking too much alcohol can also lead to excess uric acid.

Certain foods can also cause gout when you eat too much of them. These include:

  • shellfish

  • red meat

  • organ meat

  • sweet juices

  • salt


There are four stages of gout:

  • asymptomatic hyperuricemia

  • acute gout

  • interval gout

  • chronic tophaceous gout

If you have gout, you’ll probably feel swelling and pain in the joints of your foot, particularly your big toe. Sudden and intense pain, or gout attacks, can make it feel like your foot is on fire.


You may be prescribed:

  • colchine to reduce pain in your joint

  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and pain in your joint

  • corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and pain in your joint

  • medications to reduce your body’s production of uric acid

  • medications to help your body eliminate uric acid

Furthermore, our clinic may recommend KRYSTEXXA, a new breakthrough drug against chronic, persistent gout. Speak to one of our doctors about it on your next visit.