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A gout attack can make your big toe and foot feel like it is on fire. This pain can be so intense that many of our patients refer to this condition as “gouch”!
The good news is that our foot specialists are experts at treating gout. If you have symptoms of this painful disorder, we have 3 convenient locations to get you relief in Waxahachie, Ennis, and Corsicana. You can trust your award-winning podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers to help put an end to your gout pain.
What is Gout?
Gout is actually a form of inflammatory arthritis that can occur if you have too much uric acid in your blood. Uric acid crystals are a normal blood by-product that is removed by the body in urine. If the concentration of uric acid builds up in the blood, these tiny crystals can enter into the joint, causing inflammation, swelling and severe pain. If not properly treated, this can lead to long-term joint damage.
The most common symptom is a joint that becomes red, hot, and swollen. This is accompanied by severe pain. The joint of the great toe is most often affected but this painful condition can occur in any joint. The pain can be so severe at night, even the sheets touching the toe causes pain. The joint becomes stiff in any attempts to bend it results in pain. If left untreated, the pain associated with gout can last for weeks. Many times, gout is misdiagnosed as an infection because they share many of the same symptoms.
What Causes Gout?
Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood that gets deposited into the joints and tendons. Below is some common triggers that can lead to a gout attack:
- Foods that increase uric acid levels– you should limit your serving size of red meat and shellfish. Alcohol, especially beer, has also been associated with gout attacks
- Certain medicines– diuretics that are found in some blood pressure medicine has been associated with this condition
- Genetics– some people are more prone to this condition from a hereditary standpoint than others
- Age and Sex– gout is more prevalent in middle-aged men
How Is Gout Treated?
The treatment of this painful disease starts with a proper diagnosis. At Family Foot & Ankle Centers, a digital x-ray will be taken to evaluate the joint for damage. Your foot specialists may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine to help reduce the pain and inflammation. Oral and injectable steroids are also very effective at eliminating gout pain quickly. These prescription medications, along with resting, elevating, and icing the foot will help relieve your pain and get you back to doing the things you love.
How is Gout Prevented?
Some of the preventive guidelines include:
- Consumption of Adequate Fluids
You must stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Try to cut back on sugar and artificially flavored drinks containing fructose corn syrup.
- Avoid Alcoholic Beverages
It would help if you talked to your healthcare provider regarding the safe consumption of alcoholic drinks. Studies suggest that alcoholic beverages, particularly beer, can increase the risk of gout development.
- Use Low-Fat Dairy Items
Dairy products that are low-fat can protect your body against gout and are also a better source of proteins as compared to others.
- Limit Poultry, Fish, and Meat
Consuming controlled portions meat, poultry, and fish is fine. Keep a journal if you have had a attack to see what may have caused it. If you notice a pattern of foods that cause you to flare up- avoid that food.
Award-Winning Gout Treatment in Waxahachie, Corsicana & Ennis, TX Today!
To experience our award-winning gout treatment, schedule an appointment today by calling us at 972-597-4132 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. We offer same-day appointments and have bilingual Spanish-speaking professionals on staff for your convenience. During your appointment, our 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 Waxahachie, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Corsicana, Ennis & Mexia, TX, and surrounding areas.