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Gout-Affected Former Athlete Gets Better With Drug

gout-foot2Former professional athlete Emmitt Smith was diagnosed with gout back in 2010. Gout is a hereditary condition that affects eight million people in the world. Smith, who used to play for the NFL, is said to have inherited gout from his paternal and maternal grandfather.

Although the former football player was able to treat his gout with the help of medication, Smith continued to endure flare-ups not long after. To try and treat these flare-ups, Smith’s physician prescribed a new drug to help maintain uric acid levels. Since then, Smith reports having no further gout-related flare-ups.

Gout can make daily living difficult and painful. If you or a loved one is struggling with gout, visit podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can provide treatment to your gout-affected feet with the professionalism and care you need.

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 for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. 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 one of our offices in Brenham, and Columbus Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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