Can gout affect my ankle joint?
Gout is an arthritic disease that causes uric acid crystals to settle into a joint causing intense pain, redness and swelling. It most commonly affects the big toe joint; however, it can affect any joint in the body including the ankle. Gout in the ankle may not present as intensely as it does in the big toe joint, but it will cause the area to become red and painful. Usually a prescription strength anti-inflammatory or gout medication is needed to alleviate the gout flare-up and reduce pain. Xrays and uric acid levels should also be obtained. If you are concerned about whether you have gout in your ankle, then you should see your podiatrist for further evaluation.
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