Gout

Premier Podiatry: Velimir Petkov, DPM

Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

Gout causes severe stabbing joint pain, with almost no warning. If you have a history of gout, or are experiencing unbearable foot or ankle pain, it’s time to see gout expert Velimir Petkov, DPM of Premier Podiatry. Dr. Petkov offers effective gout solutions and preventive care right in his Clifton, New Jersey podiatry office. You can either request a gout evaluation online or call the clinic to get started on treatment right away.

Gout Q & A

What causes gout?

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:

  • Being overweight
  • Family history of gout
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome or diabetes

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.

Are there symptoms of gout?

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:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Joint stiffness
  • Stabbing or burning pains

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.

How is gout treated?

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:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Uric acid-blocking or removing medications

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.

Schedule your gout evaluation at Premier Podiatry today. Click on the online booking feature to schedule, or call the office directly.