There are many painful conditions that affect the feet, and gout is one of them. Gout is a form of arthritis that is painful and usually impacts the big toe. This condition is caused by a buildup of too much uric acid in the body. Although 75 percent of gout attacks occur on the big toe, other areas of the body can be affected by chronic gout, including the knee, spine, fingers, ankles, and elbows. When this occurs and it keeps you from working a normal schedule, you may be eligible for social security benefits.

Often, you can treat gout with prescription or over-the-counter medication and a diet that’s low in purine. When you have a gout attack, it’s beneficial to increase your water consumption, eat food low in fat and protein, and stop drinking alcohol.

Chronic Gout and Social Security Benefits

social security benefits for chronic goutIf you have chronic gout, qualifying for social security benefits depends on the information in your medical records—statements and notes about treatment obtained from your doctor. This also may include the results of MRIs, X-rays, hospital discharge summaries, and bloodwork.

If you suffer from chronic gout, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will likely provide payments if you meet the SSA’s listing requirements for inflammatory arthritis. In order to receive social security benefits, patients need to be diagnosed by a rheumatologist and experience chronic inflammation or ongoing deformity of:

  • One major weight-bearing joint that leaves you unable to walk in a reasonable manner or perform day to-day-duties and activities without help. This joint could include a knee, hip, or an ankle. OR
  • One major joint in each arm. If your gout affects a shoulder, hand, or wrist, it must be severe enough to interfere with your ability to manage daily tasks like cooking meals, bending down to tie your shoes, holding a pencil, or taking care of personal hygiene.  

Contact Our Nebraska Social Security Disability Lawyers for Assistance Today!

It’s important to know that the SSA won’t award benefits simply because you have gout. It approves or denies social security benefits based on whether the condition causes functional limitations. If you’re unable to work, or normal work activity has become difficult, you may be eligible for benefits and our Nebraska social security disability lawyers can help.

If your chronic gout is interfering with your normal, daily functions, contact our firm online or give us a call us at 402-933-5405 to set up an appointment to discuss your situation with one of our qualified ad experienced Nebraska social security disability lawyers. 


Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska