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Running and gout

Posted by Ray b. on 4/13/03 at 14:25 (116054)

Has anyone any information about running and guot. The late Dr. George Sheehan believes runner's can have an attack if their feet are not balanced and a fatigue state exists.

Re: Running and gout

Dr. David S. Wander on 4/13/03 at 19:21 (116065)

Gout is caused by producing too much uric acid or not excreting enough uric acid. When the uric acid precipitates out and ends up in a joint, the body actually 'attacks' the area causing acute pain, swelling and redness. Although the large toe joint is very common, gout can attack any joint. In patients that are prone to gout, trauma can be a contributing factor to an attack. Biomechanical faults alone can cause many problems but will not cause a gout attack in a patient that does not have a uric acid problem. To determine if a patient has gout, many doctors will order blood tests, though the only DEFINITE way to determine if it is a gout attack is to draw fluid from the involved joint and look for a specific type of crystal under a special microscope.