Gout | Grand Rapids

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On average, people take 6,000 to 10,000 steps each day. With each step there are normal movement patterns that should be completed. When these patterns deviate from normal, a variety of conditions can often result.

Arthritis is not one disease but, in fact, scores of musculoskeletal disorders with many different causes, that are not fully understood, that destroy bones, joints, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues. Arthritis affects 50-million Americans, two-thirds of whom are under age 65, including 300,000 children. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and can dramatically limit the activity of those who suffer from arthritis.

Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis.

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by severe pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in a joint, most commonly the joint at the base of the big toe although it can affect other joints such as the ankle, knee, fingers, wrist, etc. Acute attacks often strike in the middle of the night and can be so painful that even the weight of a sheet is intolerable. Gout can affect anyone but it more commonly affects men age 40 to 50 and women after menopause. Gout is highly treatable.

  • Severe pain in a joint
  • Severe swelling in a joint
  • Redness in a joint
  • Tenderness in a joint
  • Symptoms usually appear in the middle of the night

  • High levels of uric acid in the blood
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • A family history of gout
  • Certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol can increase the risk

  • Medications are the most effective way to treat gout
  • Modifications to diet
  • Using arch supports
  • Rocker bottom shoes
  • Shoes with deep, wide toe boxes and some shoe modifications


  • Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch supports (orthotics)
  • Over-the-counter arch supports (orthotics)
  • Rocker bottom shoes
  • Shoes with deep, wide toe boxes
  • On-site modifications to shoes and arch supports

Visit a Foot Solutions fit expert today for a free digital foot assessment, consultation and treatment recommendations for effective non-invasive solutions.


Rob Skinner
Certified Pedorthist / Owner
Mark Wragg
Certified Pedorthist / Manager

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