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Gout is a complex disorder. It is more prevalent among men, and afflicts women more commonly after menopause. Gout most commonly affects the big toe joint.

Signs and symptoms of gout are generally acute. They can come on suddenly without warning. Many patients experience them at night.

  • Severe pain in the joints
  • Pain that goes away gradually
  • Itchy and peeling skin at a later point
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Red/purplish skin
  • Elevated temperature
  • Decreased flexibility
  • May appear as nodules in the elbows, hands or ears
  • No symptoms

A diagnosis of gout requires blood work and and an x-ray that needs to be ordered by your doctor. Medications to treat and prevent further flares may be prescribed by your doctor. At Clarke Ventresca Foot & Orhtoic Centres we will work with you to best accommodate and palliate the affected foot joint.