Some people have a gout attack once in their life and never go through the uncomfortable experience again. But because of the dangers inherent in gout, it’s wise to see a podiatrist when you have any pain in your foot — before you lose mobility. Gout is a condition that strikes your joints, particularly those in your toes. Statistics show that if you’ve had one gout attack, you’re more likely to have another. But it’s preventable when you seek attention from a gout expert, which you find in Dr. Velimir Petkov at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, New Jersey.
Nearly two million American women and six million men suffer with gout, an inflammatory arthritis condition. Gout can be painful as swelling, warmth, redness and tenderness develop in your joints. Severe foot pain usually comes in waves, and the condition is immobilizing when the swelling occurs in your feet.
Untreated, gout can cause permanent damage that leads to immobility and chronic pain. The painful symptoms of gout encourage you to seek treatment. But if you’re stubborn, untreated gout can develop into some serious complications, including:
When it hits, you want to know how to treat gout as quickly as possible to relieve your pain. You can get help in northern New Jersey, about 30 minutes from New York City. At Premier Podiatry, Dr. Velimir Petkov is an expert in gout treatment. He quickly diagnoses the source of your discomfort and offers a wealth of treatment options for gout in your foot.
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Gout forms when uric acid levels in your body are high and turn into crystallized needle-like solids in your joints. The most common place where gout forms is in your big toes, although it can develop in any joint in your body. The high levels of uric acid that cause the crystal formations can be caused by a number of factors, such as ineffective kidney function or eating and drinking excessive amounts of:
While gout affects nearly every segment of the population, you’re more likely to develop the condition if you have certain characteristics, such as:
Once you’ve been tested by your podiatrist — with a special CT scan, a blood test, an x-ray, an ultrasound or a joint fluid test — you receive any needed medications at-home instructions for a natural treatment for gout to prevent a worsening of the disease. Home care advice that helps prevent further complications includes:
While lifestyle changes play an important role in preventing future gout attacks and even providing a complete gout cure, you may need further medical care. Gout treatment relies on a two-pronged approach:
The first step is to eliminate or reduce the gout pain you’re dealing with. Dr. Petkov does this by reducing the joint inflammation. You get medication for pain relief when an attack, also called a gout flare, begins. Pain-relieving medication may include:
The second part of acute gout treatment consists of taking prescription medication to lower the uric acid levels in your body. Dr. Petkov explains the difference, and potential side effects, of the various medications available.
A type of arthritis, gout is unique and often considered more complex than other forms of arthritis. What makes gout so different is that it flares up (usually) because of your diet. Gout develops when urate crystals start building up in your joints.
Urate crystals form when your body produces uric acid, a byproduct of purine digestion. While some purines are found naturally in your body, they’re also hidden in red meats, seafood, sweetened beverages, and alcoholic drinks (especially beer). Not only does a diet high in uric acid-containing foods cause gout, your risk also goes up due to:
While gout more commonly affects men than women, it’s typical for women to start developing gout after menopause, since natural uric acid levels generally increase during this time.
Yes — both visible and invisible. Gout can cause your joint to swell up and become inflamed. Over time, the joint — usually your big toe joint — grows abnormally large, red, and tender. It’s also common to experience:
The onset of gout discomfort tends to happen quickly, with pain peaking between the first 4-12 hours of a flare-up. Symptoms can linger for days in some cases.
Dr. Petkov and the team at Premier Podiatry offer several gout treatment solutions to decrease your inflammation and pain level, as well as to prevent future issues. After all, if it’s left untreated, gout can lead to permanent joint damage and inflammation, possibly even a deformity. Your personalized gout treatment plan may involve:
Because diet and maintaining a healthy weight are critical for getting through a gout flare-up and preventing another one, the Premier Podiatry team also helps you with dietary and weight loss planning to help lessen your risk of future gout pain. Take toe joint pain seriously and contact Premier Podiatry before your gout gets out of hand and you find yourself permanently disabled.