Gout Treatment On The Treasure Coast
What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis which occurs when uric acid accumulates in the tissues or joints causing inflammation, swelling and severe pain. Gout is extremely painful and can be treated in our office the same day.
Causes Of Gout
Uric acid in the blood is the result of the breakdown of purines, chemicals that are found naturally in our bodies and in food. Consuming foods and beverages that are high in purines can cause an acute episode of gout. Normally uric acid is eliminated by the kidneys in the urine, but some people either produce too much uric acid or do not eliminate enough uric acid, causing an accumulation in the blood steam. Once uric acid levels in the blood stream reach a higher than normal level, the uric acid crystallizes in the joints, typically one, causing inflammation, swelling and pain. Gout occurs most commonly in the big toe, but can affect any joint in the body.
Symptoms Of Gout
Sudden onset of a painful, red, hot, swollen joint limiting a person’s ability to walk or stand is often noted in gout.
Diagnosis is made by including a thorough history, physical examination, x-rays and laboratory studies performed and ordered by your foot and ankle specialist.
Treatment of an acute gout attack is directed on resolving your symptoms, however, treating the cause must also be considered to prevent additional gout attacks. Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation, as well as prevent future attacks if frequent attacks occur. Dietary restrictions include avoiding foods and beverages high in purines. Drinking plenty of water and other fluids each day is recommended. Symptoms typically resolve in 3-10 days.