What causes gout?

Cause of goutGout is a type of arthritis caused by crystalized uric acid accumulating in your joints. When the level of uric acid in your blood gets too high, sharp urate crystals can form. These typically settle in the space between two moving bones. There the crystals grind in the joint, causing painful inflammation and damaging the soft tissues.

Your body makes uric acid when it breaks down purines in your food. Normally the acid dissolves in your blood and then gets filtered out through your kidneys so it can be expelled from the body. Sometimes, however, your body produces too much uric acid, or it doesn’t filter enough out. This can allow the substance to build up in your blood and potentially form damaging crystals. Fortunately, since purine breakdown is influenced by the foods you eat, making some diet and lifestyle changes can help you control the condition. Let Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek in Denver and Parker, CO, help you accurately diagnose your arthritis so you can get the right treatment. Use our online request form to reach us. You can also call (303) 805-5156.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC