People Who Suffer From Chronic Gout May Get Help From Social Security

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 Tablet With a Gout Analysisimpacts 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 gout, including the knee, spine, fingers, ankles, and elbows.

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.

Gout and Disability Benefits

If you have gout, qualifying for disability 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. 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.  

It’s important to know that the SSA won’t award benefits simply because you have gout. It approves or denies 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.

If your gout is interfering with your normal, daily functions, call us at 402-933-5405 to set up an appointment to discuss your situation. 


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