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Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis, which is caused by a build-up of uric acid deposit in the joint. Another form of gout is pseudogout, which is calcium deposits rather than uric acid. Gout can affect any joint in the body, however, the most common joints are the foot/big toe, ankle and knee. This condition is most common in men, when it does affect women it tends to be before the onset of menopause.
Gout can be genetic, and there is a higher occurrence in people who are overweight, have kidney disease, and high alcohol intake.
Often the onset can be sudden and the symptoms can be burning or sharp pain, stiffness, tenderness and swelling in the joints. Treatment can often be cortisone injection and anti-inflammatories prescribed by your GP.
A physiotherapist can assist with joint stiffness, swelling and pain reduction through manual therapy.
Here at Sydney Physio Solutions, we can help. Visit our contact page to learn how.