Gout is a disorder that results from the build-up of uric acid crystals in the tissues or a joint. It most often affects the big toe joint, but it can happen almost anywhere in the lower extremities. Patients who get gout may be producing too much uric acid, or their kidneys may unable to eliminate normal amounts of uric acid. The tendency to accumulate uric acid in the body is often inherited, but other contributing factors can include, high blood pressure, slight injury, diet, diabetes, and certain medications. When a gout attack occurs, it can be excruciatingly painful. Seeing a podiatrist is the best way to get out of pain fast and diagnose the condition. Schottenstein will get a medical and family history, perform imaging, and order lab tests to help arrive at an accurate diagnosis. When addressed immediately, gout usually resolves within a few days. In order to prevent recurrence, Dr. Schottenstein will also advise you on lifestyle changes to help prevent another attack and help prevent the buildup of uric acid over time that can lead to arthritic damage to the joints. When gout attacks continue to occur, patients may require daily medication as a maintenance treatment in addition to making certain lifestyle changes.