"Dr. Burton S. Schuler, Morton's Toe Expert"- Author of Why You Really Hurt, It All Starts In the Foot.

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What Is Gout, and why is it misdiagnosed everyday by doctors.

Thousands of people are told every day that they have gout when they don’t.

What is Gout
Gout is a form of Arthritis, that is extremely painful and that can occur suddenly out of nowhere causing sore aching crushing feet, and  exquisite pain. It is caused by a build up of a chemical substance in our body called uric acid. It is these crystals of urate that causes the pain, mostly in the big toe joint in the foot and also the ankles. These crystals can also invade the tendons of the feet causing great pain in that area.
It is believed that gout is due to Inheritance, and affects men much more than women. It is also known that gout is diet driven. Certain foods such as shell fish, and red meats; among many others can trigger a gouty attack. We also know that other circumstance can bring on a gouty attack such as an infection, stress, accident, too much of the wrong food and/or drink, and surgery.
In the clinic any patient that I feel has gout, I advise him/her of one thing: “GOUT CAN KILL YOU” It must be treated by a medical specialist who knows what he or she is doing. You see the pain in your big toe is just the tip of the iceberg. Without you knowing it, gout is affecting your heart, lungs, and kidneys. The pain from the worst gout attack will go away on its own in 2 weeks. Once this happens you think you are are cured. You are not!! The abnormal level of uric acid is still in your blood doing damage to many organs in your body, even though you are not aware of it. My first choice to treat gout would be an internist. If this is totally not possible, contact your family doctor and see what he says.

Many physicians will tell their patients that they have gout just because their feet hurt alot. This is incorrect information. The doctor should take a blood test to make this important diagnosis. After 35 years I have found that the vast majority of patients who do have severe foot pains DO NOT have gout, but just a crummy pair of feet cause by their feet not working right, not by a chemical imbalance that is seen in gout.

About the Author: Dr. Burton S. Schuler foot doctor, foot specialist, podiatrist of Panama City, Fl and the director of the Ambulatory Foot Clinics Podiatric Pain Management Center and is a leading authority on the Morton’s Toe, Long Second Toe and it associated problems. He is the author of the newly published book about The Morton’s Toe, Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In the Foot. The book is published by the La Luz Press, Inc and is disturbed national by the Cardinal Publishing Group. Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot, is the story of how one bone in your foot could be the real reason for pains thru out your whole body. It is important because it offer the public new information about why millions of people suffer everyday with aches and pains, and offers new hope to get rid of problems they believed they would have to live with forever. It literally can be the “medical missing link”

Dr. Schuler, graduated from the N. Y. College of Podiatric Medicine in 1975 at the age of twenty-four, and has been in private practice ever since. In 1982, he published his first book, The Agony of De-Feet: A Podiatrist Guide to Foot Care. During his thirty-five year professional career, he has written for Collier’s Encyclopedia and various podiatric journals and publications. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, First in Women, and other publications. Dr. Schuler has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs both here and aboard. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and the National Board of Podiatric Examiners. Dr. Schuler is certified as a wound specialist from the American Academy of Wound Management. His professional and civic accomplishments have earned his inclusion in the 1999-2002 Who’s Who in America (Marquis).