According to a study conducted by the Framingham Heart Study cohort, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor when it comes to obtaining gout. The study including 2,159 men and 2,558 women selected over a 54 year period from 1948 – 2002. The results showed that there were 371 cases of gout over the follow ups over the years.
The study used the Cox proportional hazard models where the HR of CKD to incidental gout among men and women after adjusting age, alcohol consumption, smoking, and hypertension, diabetes, and BMI. The cross sectional and additional studies did not interfere with the results proving that CKD can be a risk factor in gout.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Robert J. Kaplan of Twin Rivers Podiatry Easton. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and holistic treatment protocols for all your individual foot and ankle needs.