gout3Emmitt Smith, Pro Football running back legend, joins professional basketball, baseball and racing stars in partnership with Takeda on Gout Education Campaign. Smith describes gout as a flare of pain like nothing else he had felt before. About 8 million Americans along with Smith suffer from gout, a serious form of arthritis.
Smith is taking on the road with Takeda Pharmaceuticals on the “Champions for Gout Awareness,” educating the importance of managing gout pain, and explaining the conditions to patients with hyperuricemia.
“My gout attack was like a defensive linebacker I never saw coming. The pain and diagnosis surprised me,” says Smith. “I had a lot of misconceptions about gout. I thought it was an ‘old man’s disease’, and I thought I could power through the pain on my own. Now I know it’s the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men over the age of 40, and that I have to work with my doctor to help manage my gout.”
Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.
What is gout?
Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off of them to recover.
Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body.  This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.  Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
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