Did you know that men in their 4th to 5th decades of life suffer from gout seven to eight times more often than women? Nonetheless, gout is a metabolic condition that is somewhat common in the general population and can affect nearly everyone. If you are suffering from this painful condition and seeking treatment from a highly trained and experienced Oakhurst podiatrist, then Active Ankle & Foot can help.
Gout is a chronic disease that begins with recurring attacks. When an attack develops, it can last several days and be extremely painful. Although the exact cause of gout is unknown, it may be related to genetics. What we do know, however, is that it is a certain arthritis triggered by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. This can be brought on by diet and body weight, certain medications, major illness, certain medical conditions, or surgery. Symptoms of gout include warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in a joint, most commonly the big toe joint. You can treat gout at home by resting the affected joint, using ice to reduce swelling as well as take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory. If your symptoms persist, however, or have occurred on and off without medical treatment for several years, then it is especially important for you to contact our Oakhurst podiatrist for treatment. The goals of gout treatment revolve around fast pain relief and prevention of future attacks, as on-going and long-term complications can lead to joint destruction and even kidney damage. To manage long-term gout and prevent future attacks, we may prescribe medications that can prevent and even reverse the buildup of uric acid. It is also important to manage your weight, get exercise, and limit your intake of alcohol, meat, and seafood.
Call or see our Oakhurst podiatrist right away if you have severe pain in a single joint that comes on very quickly, or if you have swollen, tender joints with warm, red skin over them. It’s important to call our podiatrist for Kenosha gout treatment even if the pain from gout has stopped. Take the first step and make an appointment with Active Ankle & Foot so we can get you back on your feet.