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