Allopurinol, also marketed as Zyloprim, is a drug usually prescribed for patients with gout. The drug reduces uric acid in the blood, which–when it builds up–causes the condition. A small study has found that Allopurinol can also help prevent kidney damage from nephropathy, or kidney disease. One author shared, “The preliminary work that led to this study examined large databases for factors that were predictors for progression of nephropathy. Regardless of the models used or the risk factors evaluated, the level of uric acid always seemed to be a strong predictor of nephropathy.”
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Roy A. Rothman, DPM of Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
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