Gout in Ankle
Gout in ankle is a painful inflammatory condition that causes the ankle to swell and become stiff. This is a result of a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joint. The high levels of uric acid in the blood and the breakdown of purines in the body cause the crystals to form. Purines occur naturally in the body but can also be found in certain foods and beverages. Avoiding these foods and alcohol is important to lower your uric acid level and avoid developing this painful condition.
Although gout in ankle is a chronic condition, there are some treatments available that may help reduce pain and swelling. A doctor will help you determine the appropriate treatment options for your condition. Depending on the severity of your condition, a doctor may recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to help manage the symptoms.
Your doctor may perform a blood test to determine the level of uric acid in your blood. He may also perform an ankle MRI to rule out other causes of joint inflammation. An ultrasound of the ankle may also be done to determine whether there are crystals in the joint. These tests can help to determine if you have gout in ankle.
Chronic gout can damage the joints and lead to permanent disability. The condition also increases your risk for cardiovascular problems and kidney damage. Moreover, it can cause severe pain.