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Gout 101

Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects the big toe and can cause severe joint pain. Gout is three times more likely to affect men than women. A proper diagnosis will require a podiatrist to assess the foot and rule out other possible diagnoses. Upon a gout diagnosis, medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids may be prescribed. However, the typical primary treatment method for gout involves reducing uric acid levels in the blood. While there are many prescriptions that may help reduce these levels, diet is key. Avoiding high purine foods, sugary drinks, and alcohol will help reduce uric acid levels. If you believe that you are suffering from gout, consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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.

Symptoms

  • 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

Risk Factors

  • 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 offices located in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and Mcconnellsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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