A vegan woman recalls a time when she experienced what she describes as a "mysterious pain" in her right ankle. She recounts that the pain was reminiscent of a sunburn mixed with an explosion of agony. When she visited her doctor, she was able to discover that the pain and swelling she was experiencing was due to a condition called gout. Gout is a condition that is often the result of eating large amounts of red meat, shellfish, and beer. Consequently, this woman was shocked to learn the cause of her condition, because she had been living a vegan lifestyle. Her case of gout was confirmed through a blood test that revealed she had a buildup of monosodium urate monohydrate crystals in her ankle. Nevertheless, this woman made it her mission to not allow gout to take control of her life. She exercises on a daily basis, socializes with friends, and continues her job to ensure that her life is not disrupted by gout.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Texas Gulf Coast Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you're more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Webster, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.