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What's the difference between gout and arthritis in the foot?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Gout is a form

Of arthritis, a specific arthritic disease.
"arthritis" by itself is a broad, general term which can cover a variety of ailments.

In brief: Gout is a form

Of arthritis, a specific arthritic disease.
"arthritis" by itself is a broad, general term which can cover a variety of ailments.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Dr. Brandon Macy
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Uric acid

Gout is caused by elevated uric acid.
The term "arthritis" usually means degeneration of articular cartiledge. This is the cartiledge that is at the end of a joint. When it wears away or gets damaged this is known as arthritis. Similiarly, spurring of bones is often referred to as arthritis. Gout is an inflammatory condition. "arthritis" is generally not inflammatory unless referring to rheumatoid.

In brief: Uric acid

Gout is caused by elevated uric acid.
The term "arthritis" usually means degeneration of articular cartiledge. This is the cartiledge that is at the end of a joint. When it wears away or gets damaged this is known as arthritis. Similiarly, spurring of bones is often referred to as arthritis. Gout is an inflammatory condition. "arthritis" is generally not inflammatory unless referring to rheumatoid.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Different findings

Gout is a type of arthritis due to increased urate crystals in the tissue and joints.
This causes inflammation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, capillary and pain as the body trys to remove the urate crystals. It is one type of arthritis. There can be many other types of arthritis that effect the feet. It depends which type and how the foot is invovled. It can be osteoarthritis or others.

In brief: Different findings

Gout is a type of arthritis due to increased urate crystals in the tissue and joints.
This causes inflammation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, capillary and pain as the body trys to remove the urate crystals. It is one type of arthritis. There can be many other types of arthritis that effect the feet. It depends which type and how the foot is invovled. It can be osteoarthritis or others.
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Crystals baby

Gout is a specific type of arthritis thought to be caused by crystals of uric acid precipitating out of solution in the joint fluid.
Typically attacks the base of the 1st great toe but can attack any joint. Other types of arthritis include osteoarthritis from general wear and tear and rheumatoid from auto immune dysfunction.

In brief: Crystals baby

Gout is a specific type of arthritis thought to be caused by crystals of uric acid precipitating out of solution in the joint fluid.
Typically attacks the base of the 1st great toe but can attack any joint. Other types of arthritis include osteoarthritis from general wear and tear and rheumatoid from auto immune dysfunction.
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Gout is arthritis

Gout is a type of arthritis in which uric acid crystals deposit in the joints and cause severe inflammation, pain and ultimately joint damage.
There are many other types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Your doctor should be able to distinquish which type of arthritis you have and then prescribe the proper treatment. Good luck.

In brief: Gout is arthritis

Gout is a type of arthritis in which uric acid crystals deposit in the joints and cause severe inflammation, pain and ultimately joint damage.
There are many other types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Your doctor should be able to distinquish which type of arthritis you have and then prescribe the proper treatment. Good luck.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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