If you are in pain as the result of gout, schedule an appointment at one of our clinics with a Foot and Ankle Specialist. Our highly experienced doctors can diagnose, evaluate and treat the pain and inflammation associated with gout and other foot disorders. Our podiatrist will discuss ways to reduce the likelihood of future flare ups based on your medical history and a physical exam.
Gout is a common form of arthritis that can cause sudden and intense pain, tenderness, swelling and redness in the affected joint. The joint may actually feel hot. Gout can occur in any joint, most commonly to the joint of the big toe. Gout usually occurs suddenly and flare ups are more likely to occur at night.
Pain is typically most severe at the onset, and can linger for days or weeks. If left untreated, joint damage could occur.
Causes Of Gout
Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid. If there is too much uric acid in the body, uric acid crystals can build up in the body tissue, fluids and joints. This condition is known as hyperuricemia.
Risk factors for gout include gender (men are much more likely to develop this condition), diet, alcohol intake, certain medications, and obesity.
Treating & Managing Gout
After a doctor has confirmed that you have gout, medication is the most common form of treatment. Medication can be used to treat flare ups, prevent future occurrences, and reduce complications that can occur. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, colchicine and corticosteroids may be recommended to help manage and prevent gout. Patient who experience multiple gout attacks per year may be recommended other medications to reduce the risk of complications.
Drinking plenty of water and maintaining a health weight can help to reduce the risk of future flare ups. A diet that limits foods with high purine levels is recommended. Red meat, shellfish and alcohol are examples of foods and drinks that have a high level of purines, which can trigger uric acid build up.
When To See A Foot Doctor
If you are experiencing severe pain in your toe or other areas of the foot and ankle, schedule an appointment at one of our centers with a Podiatrist or Orthopedist. An accurate diagnosis, evaluations and treatment are very important to managing pain and inflammation as soon as possible.