Gout

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

If you’ve ever been jolted awake by a feeling like your big toe is on fire, gout may be to blame. The expert providers at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, diagnose and treat gout at their 12 convenient locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina. If you think you have gout, call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.

Gout Q & A

What is gout?

Gout is a common and very painful form of arthritis that’s caused by a buildup of uric acid. This condition usually affects your feet, especially the joint at the base of your big toe. When you have gout, symptoms usually flare, which means they worsen for a period of time. You also experience periods of no symptoms at all, which is called remission. 

What are the symptoms of gout?

Gout flares come on suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with intense pain and a burning sensation. In addition to pain, gout causes signs of inflammation in the affected joint, including redness, warmth, and swelling. Gout flares can last for days or weeks and are usually followed by long periods of remission. 

The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, helps you manage gout symptoms and advises you on how to prevent flares. 

What causes gout?

Gout happens when there’s too much uric acid in your body. The uric acid crystallizes and accumulates in your joints. Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down substances called purines, which are naturally present in your body and certain foods. 

Anyone can get gout, but certain factors increase your risk, such as:

  • Eating a diet rich in meat and seafood
  • Drinking alcohol, especially beer
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a family history of gout

Having certain medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease, also increases your risk of gout. 

How is gout diagnosed?

First, your provider at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your foot and may perform tests, like an on-site digital X-ray or lab work to measure your uric acid levels. 

How is gout treated?

After they diagnose your condition, your doctor at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, develops an individualized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, treatment for gout may include:

  • Taking medications to treat or prevent gout attacks
  • Limiting alcoholic beverages and drinks sweetened with fructose
  • Limiting foods high in purines, like red meat and seafood
  • Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight

Call Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, or book an appointment online today to find relief from gout and other types of arthritis.