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Symptoms and Causes of Gout in Children

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

While often associated with adults, gout can also affect children, although less frequently. Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by sudden and severe episodes of joint pain, swelling, and inflammation, typically in the big toe. This condition arises due to an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to sharp pain and discomfort. In children, gout may occur as a result of genetic factors, metabolic disorders, or taking certain medications. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as poor diet, obesity, and dehydration can contribute to elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream, increasing the risk of gout attacks. Children with underlying health conditions, such as kidney disease or leukemia, may also be predisposed to developing gout. Recognizing the symptoms of gout in children, including joint pain, redness, and swelling, is vital for early diagnosis and management. If your child has symptoms of gout, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer effective management strategies.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Randy Garr from Utah. Our doctor 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 Provo, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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