Gout Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

Did you know that about 4 million Americans have gout? If you’re one of them, you should take preventive measures to improve your quality of life. The expert team of podiatrists at Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, specializes in diagnosing and treating gout. If you regularly experience pain in your big toe, request an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Gout Q & A

What is gout?

Gout is a unique type of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain and swelling in the joints at the base of one or both big toes. Gout occurs as a result of uric acid buildup. Uric acid is a byproduct caused by eating foods that contain purines. Common foods that contain purines include red meat, seafood, and wild game.

What are the symptoms of gout?

The symptoms of gout affect everyone differently. However, they usually occur suddenly and at night during sleep. Telltale signs of gout, include:

  • Intense joint pain
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Lingering discomfort

As your gout progresses, you might also experience a limited range of motion. For example, you might have trouble bending or straightening your affected toe.

Who is at risk of gout?

Anyone can develop gout, but you’re at an increased risk if you have high levels of uric acid throughout your body. Some of the factors that increase your risk of uric acid production include:

  • Eating a diet rich in meat
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol
  • Being overweight
  • Taking thiazide diuretics
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having diabetes

Your sex and age also play a role. Men usually have higher uric acid levels than women. In addition, gout usually affects middle-aged men, particularly individuals between the ages of 30-50. 

How is gout diagnosed?

To diagnose gout, the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. They also conduct a series of joint fluid and blood tests and take a set of X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet. 

How is gout treated?

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for gout, but there are a variety of treatments that can ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Depending on your individual needs, your doctor might recommend medications such as colchicine or corticosteroids. You might also benefit from prescription medications that block uric acid production.

The team also recommends lifestyle changes. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, consuming less alcohol, and losing weight can significantly improve your quality of life. 

To learn more about gout treatment, request an appointment at Professional Podiatry Services of New York today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.