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Gout Often Impacts Entheses, Causing Ankle and Knee Pain — and Could Lead to Misdiagnoses

CreakyJoints reports on the findings of a new study presented at the European E-Congress of Rheumatology 2020 which suggest the impact of gout may go beyond the joint itself and also include entheses in the legs or feet.

Researchers used ultrasounds to determine how common entheses abnormalities are among gout patients who were in the midst of a gout flare. Out of 31 participants, 22 had an abnormality in at least one enthesis — most often in the area where the quadriceps tendon connects to the patella in the knee.

HSS rheumatologist Theodore R. Fields, MD, FACP, who wasn’t involved in the study, commented on the findings, noting, “People with gout who get pain and swelling in the Achilles’ tendon, for example, may think it’s a tendon strain or other tendon injury, but there is a good chance it is a gout flare and will respond to gout treatment.”

Read the full article at Creakyjoints.org.