Gout is a unique type of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints.
Pain is a clear indication that something is definitely wrong in that part of the body. And when pain and inflammation is noticed in the big toes, this can be an indication of gout. Knowing the symptoms of gout can help you catch it in its early stages. This makes the condition easier to treat and prevent it from occurring in the future.
Talk to a podiatrist if you suspect gout. Diagnosis of the condition includes checking your family for history of gout. It can also include a look into your lifestyle habits, your diet and alcohol intake.
Treating Foot Gout
Gout can be easily managed with a few lifestyle changes. Uric acid deposits which are responsible for gout can be controlled by changing your diet. Meats which is rich in purine the precursor to uric acid should be minimized. The kidneys are responsible for filtering uric acid and eliminating it through urination. But when uric acid levels exceed those of the kidney’s capacity, this continuous to circulate in the body and is deposited in the joints.
People who occasionally suffer from gout can use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS. It reduces inflammation and provides immediate pain relief. Self-medication is discouraged. Aspirins for example could interfere with the elimination of uric acids. Consult a podiatrist if you feel you are suffering from gout. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from gout.
Corticosteroid injections can be used to treat severe gout episodes. Directly introducing this to the affected joints instantly reduces inflammation which is responsible for triggering pain.
Dietary changes include reducing foods and drinks that are rich in purines and protein. Examples of these include red meat, organ meats (liver and kidneys), peas and beans.
Drinking more fluids helps reduce uric acid concentration. Alcohol can also increase uric acid crystals so reducing your alcohol intake can greatly improve your condition.
Getting off your feet can also help reduce stress on the joints. Using cold compress helps relieve inflammation. Just like NSAIDS, it effectively reduces inflammation whiles soothing the joints.
These are just some of the steps to treat gout symptoms. But for long term health solutions, visit a podiatrist. At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people suffering from gout. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114