What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis, which can often cause extreme pain to your feet. Approximately one million Americans suffer from gout. Although its source is a systemic problem within the body, there are some suggestions for how to treat gout that may help reduce your chance of having a gout flare-up.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Rapid onset of increased pain, swelling, and redness to a joint area is an indication you may be experiencing gout . Occasionally the joint inflammation of gout can resemble that of a joint infection or other form of arthritis. A small amount of fluid from the joint may be required to examine it for uric acid crystals. Lab work can also assist in the diagnosis. Once diagnosis is made, your podiatrist in Cape Coral can recommend a gout treatment plan to help:
- Stop Acute Attacks
- Rapidly relieve pain and inflammation
- Avert future attacks
- Prevent the development of tophi, kidney stones and kidney disease
Gout treatment will most likely involve anti-inflammatory medications or injections to relieve acute pain and inflammation, as well as urate-lowering drugs to control urate levels and prevent future attacks.
Other gout treatment strategies might include the following:
- Avoid foods with high purines, such as organ meats, anchovies, shellfish, bacon and gravies, and increasing intake of dairy foods
- Avoid alcohol, which increases the production of urate and impairs excretion
- Lose weight to reduce blood urate levels
- Avoid medications that contribute to hyperuricema, including diuretics
With proper treatment by your Foot and Ankle Center podiatrist in Cape Coral, gout is one of the most controllable forms of arthritis. So when pain occurs, don’t just deal with it, seek treatment immediately.