The inflammation and pain of the foot condition that is referred to as gout can be debilitating. It is a condition that affects the joints in the big toe and is caused by an abundance of uric acid in the blood. When there is excess uric acid, it can lodge in the big toe in the form of crystals and can be quite uncomfortable. There are specific types of foods that have high levels of purines, which can lead to having large amounts of uric acid in the bloodstream. These types of foods include red meat, shellfish, and sugary drinks. A gout flare-up may gradually improve within a few weeks, and methods can be implemented that may help to prevent future attacks from occurring. These consist of consuming a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water daily, and engaging in a gentle exercise program. Ideally, living a healthy lifestyle may significantly contribute to possibly avoiding gout attacks. If you suffer from this painful foot condition, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct relief and prevention options.
Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.
- Intense Joint Pain – Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
- Lingering Discomfort – Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
- Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
- Limited Range of Motion – May experience a decrease in joint mobility
- Genetics – If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
- Medications – Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
- Gender/Age – Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
- Diet – Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
- Alcohol – Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
- Obesity – Obese people are at a higher risk for gout
Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms–including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.