Gout is the result of a problem with the blood's metabolism that causes hot, red, swollen joints along with sudden pain often in the big toe.
Gout attacks often come suddenly, usually at night. After waking, the affected joint will be hot and swollen as well as painful when touched or moved. Over time, the affected joint may lose mobility with repeated attacks.
A diet with high amounts of alcohol, shellfish, meats and animal products increase the chance of gout. Some drugs, particularly those used to treat hypertension (including low dose aspirin) can increase the likelihood of a gout attack. The disease also tends to run in families and may be exacerbated by an injury, even a minor bump, near the affected joint.
Gout attacks occur when the body is unable to properly process uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is released when the body breaks down foods that are high in purines. These foods include meats, shellfish, alcoholic beverages, and most animal products. High amounts of uric acid in the blood can turn into tiny crystals, causing pain and inflammation to the affected area.
Some pain medications can help relieve the symptoms of the disease. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers, both over the counter and by prescription are also options. For an immediate attack, a physician will often use a specialized gout medication or a corticosteroid injection to help with the pain. Prescription medications can help reduce the recurrence of gout and can help improve the body’s ability to handle uric acid which reduces the likelihood and severity of the disease.
The Concierge Podiatry Advantage
Concierge Podiatry has developed a treatment protocol for gout that starts with a combination anti-inflammatory prescription, laser treatment or an injection therapy that is effective at providing fast relief from the pain of a gout attack. To reduce the likelihood of a gout recurrence, excess uric acid, we have a recommended diet regimen.
At Concierge Podiatry we specialize in treating all podiatric issues. We take the time needed to diagnose and explain any treatment options before beginning any course of treatment.
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