Gout, a common form of arthritis, can cause serious joint problems and significant pain. For residents in and around Holden and Hudson, Massachusetts, Anthony Tickner, DPM, and Steven Quan, DPM, of Associated Foot Specialists offer excellent care for gout and can help you move beyond disruptive symptoms. That process begins by booking a visit online or over the phone.
Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that can occur in one or more joints. Often present in the joint at the base of your big toe, gout can be incredibly painful and quite disruptive to your normal routines.
This form of arthritis develops when urate crystals build up within a joint. Those crystals form as a result of high levels of uric acid within your blood. Your body naturally produces uric acid as it breaks down purines in your body and in certain foods like alcohol, red meat, scallops, and anchovies.
You’re more likely to develop gout if you are overweight, taking certain medications, struggling with certain health conditions, or have a family history of gout.
Knowing what to look for can make it easier to know when to seek treatment for gout. The condition is common in the joint at the base of your big toe. Some of the symptoms of this type of inflammatory arthritis include:
If you notice these changes, call Associated Foot Specialists right away to book a diagnostic exam.
If a physical examination and blood work reveal signs of gout, your practitioner explains all available treatment options. You’ll have all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.
A medication called colchicine can reduce inflammation if taken within the first 24 hours of the onset of gout symptoms. Over-the-counter medications can help manage discomfort. Oral or injected corticosteroids can help by controlling swelling within the affected joint.
Once you’ve experienced the pain of a gout attack, you’ll want to do all you can to reduce your risk of future attacks. Fortunately, you can do some things to prevent future symptoms. Some tips include:
If you’re concerned about sudden foot pain and would like to be evaluated for gout, call Associated Foot Specialists today to set up a visit, or book using the simple online tool.