Gout is a type of arthritis that usually affects middle-aged men. It occurs when uric acid in your body forms into crystals and begins to irritate your joints, particularly those in your feet. Jairo Cruz, DPM, at Gentle Foot Care Clinic in Zephyrhills and Brandon, Florida, regularly works with patients who are suffering from gout. To make your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and swelling that affects your joints, especially the joint at the base of your big toe. Gout attacks often arise out of nowhere, and may cause your affected toe to feel like it’s on fire. You might also have trouble standing up or putting weight on your affected toe.
Sudden, intense pain that affects your big toe is the most common symptom of gout. Other telltale signs include:
As the condition progresses, you might also experience trouble bending or straightening your affected toe.
You should make an appointment with Dr. Cruz at Gentle Foot Care Clinic if you experience sudden, intense pain that affects one or both of your big toes. You should also make an appointment if your toe feels hot to the touch or appears red and inflamed. Left untreated, gout can lead to worsening pain and in some cases, permanent joint damage.
Gout affects people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop gout if you have a family history of the disease. For example, if your parents or grandparents had gout, you’re more likely to experience it too.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent gout entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. Dr. Cruz recommends staying hydrated throughout the day, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding alcoholic beverages. He might also ask you to make dietary changes, including limiting your intake of meat and fish and eating low-fat dairy products.
Whenever possible, Dr. Cruz uses conservative, alternative methods of care to relieve symptoms associated with gout. For example, he might prescribe medications to ease swelling and inflammation or medications that limit your body’s ability to produce uric acid. He might also recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as exercising more regularly and eating a balanced diet.
If you’re living with gout, take action and limit its progress. Make an appointment at Gentle Foot Care Clinic by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.