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My question is can you have gout attacks in different parts of your feet at the same time. Both my feet around my ankles and balls of feet are sore.
Thank you for contacting us. Gout occurs when high concentrations of uric acid in your blood form crystals and migrate to joints. This causes swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain, which often occurs in the knees, ankles, the big toes and other parts of the feet. It can also occur in other joints of the body, and it can occur simultaneously in multiple joints. If you have not already contacted your primary care physician about your condition, we would advise you to do so. Medications can be administered to help control the uric acid levels in your body, and you can also eat judiciously under your doctor's guidance to minimize your intake of purines, a substance found in both plant and animal foods that promotes uric acid buildup in your body. You can learn more about gout from our article on the subject. Meanwhile, we hope you will consult your physician and that your condition will very quickly be resolved. If your foot pain does not resolve, you might also want to consult a foot health professional, just in case it is not gout that is the cause of your pain.