Gout

Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey

Podiatry located in Cherry Hill, NJ

An attack of gout can come on suddenly, and the pain can be excruciating. If you suffer from gout, the skilled team of podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey offer treatment solutions that relieve your discomfort and help prevent future attacks. To learn more, call the office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.

Gout Q & A

What is gout?

Gout is a complex form of arthritis that develops when urate crystals build up within your joints, causing inflammation and pain. Urate crystals form when your body has trouble breaking down uric acid.

Uric acid is a substance that your body produces naturally; it’s also present in red meats, seafood, and alcoholic drinks (especially beer).

What causes gout?

A diet high in foods that contain uric acid is the most common cause of gout. Additional factors that can increase your risk of gout include:

  • Obesity
  • Family history of gout
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disorders

Gout is more common in men than in women. Women who develop gout are most likely to do so after they have reached menopause because hormonal changes can cause natural uric acid levels to increase.

What are the symptoms of gout?

Gout most often affects the joint of the big toe, although it can occur in other areas of the foot, the knees, wrists, elbows, or hands. Gout causes intense swelling and pain, and over time it can cause the join to become enlarged.

Additional symptoms of gout include:

  • Loss of mobility
  • Joint stiffness
  • Redness or discoloration
  • Stabbing or burning pains

Gout symptoms tend to come in flare-ups. The onset of an attack of gout is typically fast, with severe pain peaking within the first 4-12 hours. Symptoms may last up to 10 days, but medical treatment may shorten their duration.

How is gout treated?

If you have gout, medical care is critical, because untreated gout can permanently damage or possibly deform your joints. The compassionate team of podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey will develop a plan to manage your symptoms, relieve your pain, and restore mobility and function to your joint.

Treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Uric acid-blocking medications
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Exercise programs

Good eating habits and maintaining a healthy weight can lessen the severity of your gout symptoms and prevent future attacks.

If you think you may have gout, or you’re currently experiencing a flare-up, call Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey to schedule an evaluation with an expert podiatrist, or make an appointment online.