Gout Treatment By Our Ennis TX Foot Specialists
Our Specialists Provide Award-Winning Gout Treatment
In simple terms, gout hurts. Every week we see patients with this painful condition at Family Foot & Ankle Centers in Ennis. This inflammatory type of arthritis causes the big toe joint to become red, hot and swollen. Many patients will notice this when they wake up in the morning.
Uric acid is normally found in the blood and is closely regulated. Gout pain occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body. At high levels, uric acid can become a painful gout crystal that becomes lodged in and around the big toe joint. These crystals cause joint irritation, swelling, heat and pain. Over time, these crystals can cause damage to the joint surface and the road cartilage leaving to more severe arthritis.
What causes gout to “flareup”?
Other medical problems which are associated with gout and may precipitate a gout flareup are high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and kidney disease. This is not always the case and there may not be any underlying medical problems. There is a high occurrence of gout in people that are overweight though.
There are certain foods that have a tendency to cause gout flareups. Most of these are high in protein such as organ meat, shellfish and red meats.
Some medicines, especially ones used to treat high blood pressure, can cause gout. This is especially true if they contain the diuretic thiazide to reduce fluid.
Gout is considered to have a genetic component to it. Many times, this painful condition runs in families and and may affect multiple siblings. Even though this can be hereditary, diet and lifestyle still play an important role in developing a gout flareup.
Can gout be treated?
Yes, the good news is that gout can be treated and even prevented for the most part. The first goal of treatment is to get the gout under control and stop the pain from the gout attack. Your Ennis podiatrist will examine your foot, obtain digital x-rays to rule out joint damage, and develop a plan specific for you.
You will be given a handout with foods that can lead to a gout flareup. Lifestyle modification will be stressed with you to avoid further gout pain.
If you or he loved experiencea a painful gout flare-up, contact your award-winning podiatrists in Ennis. They can help find the cause of these attacks, stop your pain, and advise you on how to prevent them in the future.
Award-Winning Gout Treatment in Ennis, TX, Today!
To experience our award-winning treatment for gout, schedule an appointment today by calling us at 972-875-3668 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. We also offer same-day appointments and have bilingual Spanish-speaking professionals on staff. During your appointment, your podiatry team will be happy to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Call today – we can’t wait to help you live your life pain-free!
As one of the premier podiatry centers in Ennis, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Corsicana, Waxahachie, TX, and surrounding areas.