When amounts of uric acid, a normal byproduct of metabolic reactions in your body, rise too high, it can cause gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis. Uric acid begins to crystallize when uric acid levels are so high that your body cannot readily dissolve and eliminate it (via urine). Uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints, producing excruciating inflammation. Gout episodes frequently occur in the big toe but can also affect many other joints.

Recognizing Gout Symptoms And How To Prevent Them

Purines, produced by your body and found in some foods and beverages, are broken down to make uric acid. Many experts feel that the importance of diet in developing gout is overstated, although eating foods rich in purines can lead to elevated levels of uric acid. Chronically high uric acid levels result from your kidneys’ inability to effectively remove uric acid, which can happen for a variety of causes, such as:

Gout Treatment with Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration

Dearborn & Associates provides a wide range of gout treatments. We will work with you to improve your well-being at every step. You can get expert medical advice from Dr. Danielle Dearborn to manage your chronic gout. She can help you with at-home pain management methods and clinical treatments that must be performed in the office. Treatment for persistent gout sometimes requires a combination of methods. Contact (510) 818-7200 immediately to make an appointment with Dr. Dearborn!