Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a shooting or burning intense pain in your big toe? You could have been suffering from gout. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood stream.
How does gout develop?
Your body forms uric acid as it breaks down purines – a substance found in rich meats like steak or organ meats, in rich sauces, and in alcohols. Uric acid is typically transported to the kidneys and passed through urine, but for people with an excess, it can lead to gout. That excess can be a result of low kidney function or excess uric acid production from too many purines. Dehydration is also a huge trigger for gout.
What symptoms come with gout?
A typical gout flare-up will come with sudden pain, inflammation, redness, and irritation in the joints of the big toe. This pain can last for hours and hours. Without treatment, it can recur in months and will eventually damage the joint.
How is gout treated?
While waiting for your podiatry appointment, the following can help ease symptoms:
• Medications to decrease pain and inflammation
• Icing and elevating the affected foot
• Drinking fluids
Your doctor will likely suggest one or a combination of the following to reduce your risk of gout attacks:
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Exercise regularly
• Reduce intake or avoid intake of alcohol, red meats, sugars, and shellfish
• Eat a balanced diet of veggies, whole grants, and plenty of fluids
If you are dealing with gout, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your gout or any foot or ankle issue. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!