Jacques Chirac, previous president of France, is currently in the hospital because of gout in his leg. Chirac was experiencing pain intense enough to require professional attention, but a source close to his family says there is little cause for concern. “It’s not serious at all,” the source said. “His leg has been hurting for two days, which is apparently related to an episode of gout that has caused him a lot of pain.”
His gout and other health concerns, such as the kidney operation he had in December, have caused the 81-year-old Chirac to retreat from the public attention. The retired president is being examined at the American Hospital in Neuilly.
Gout typically occurs in older individuals who eat too many foods that contain uric acid. It’s a painful and uncomfortable disease that often requires professional medical treatment. If you’re looking for this kind of treatment, consult with podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will help you identify the habits that caused you to get this disease and suggest adequate care options.
What is gout?
Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.
Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.
Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
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