What is Gout and How You Can Avoid It

Gout is a disease which is a result of high accumulation of uric acid in the body. This acid, in the form of crystals collects in the joints, especially the big toe joint. It is when the kidneys are unable to remove the acid adequately that a person is in danger of a gout attack. No doubt about gout, it is one of the most painful kinds of arthritis and approximately 2.1 million Americans (mostly men) suffer from it. An attack usually occurs at night and is characterized by a sudden onset of throbbing pain, tenderness, redness and swelling in the affected joint and may last for several hours before subsiding, however, it does not go away altogether.

Symptoms of Gout:

  • Severe joint pain mostly at night
  • Inflammation in the joint
  • Decreased joint mobility
  • Persisting discomfort

Causes of Gout:

  • High levels of urate crystals in the joint
  • High protein diet
  • Alcohol
  • Lack of water
  • Purine-rich foods

Treatment of Gout:

Other than over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs for temporary relief, treatment of gout has to be supervised by an experienced podiatrist. Dr. Michael L. Rosenberg, podiatrist at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists located in Montgomery Alabama has extensive experience in treating gout and other common foot disorders. Dr. Rosenberg takes each pedal problem as a challenge and enjoys helping his patients get better. Treatment for gout is part medicine and part diet. Medications treat the onset of the disease, its symptoms and complications, and a good diet – which lacks alcohol, limits high levels of proteins, shellfish, red meat and rich sauces but recommends plenty of water or fluids – helps in decreasing the constant triggering of gout. Contact us at (334) 396-3668 to make an appointment if your gout is making your life unbearable.