Of the more than 8 million Americans with gout, the vast majority experience attacks in their main big toe joint. This makes a skilled podiatrist like the ones at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano the best choice to help you overcome the pain of gout. At their offices in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, the team of foot and ankle experts can relieve your gout pain. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs mainly in the big toe joint where your toe meets the rest of your foot. This disease happens when you develop uric acid deposits, in the form of small crystals, within the joint or the soft tissues around it.
You produce uric acid naturally because it helps you process purines. Purines occur naturally within the body but also come from particular foods, including some red meats and seafood.
Under normal circumstances, you process purines, and the uric acid dissolves and leaves your body when you urinate. But if you naturally produce excess uric acid or your kidneys don't excrete it efficiently, it accumulates in your blood and eventually causes gout.
Gout is extremely painful. Typically the pain begins suddenly and affects only one joint at a time. Although it’s most common in the big toe, gout attacks can also occur in the knee, heel, ankle, or top of the foot.
A gout attack can look similar to an infection because it often causes:
Tophaceous (chronic) gout causes additional uric acid crystal deposits around the affected joint. These deposits form prominent nodules (tophi) on the bones, joints, and cartilage. Tophi look like rigid bumps on your skin.
Your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano designs a personalized gout treatment and management plan for you. This may include:
Part of your treatment also involves gout prevention. Your podiatrist can recommend some health and lifestyle changes that may reduce the frequency and intensity of your gout attacks. Common changes may include reducing the consumption of alcohol and red meat.
Some medications, like aspirin and thiazide diuretics, can increase your uric acid levels and may contribute to gout development. So, in some cases, medication changes can help. But you should never make medication changes without consulting your medical doctor.
The Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano team can help you manage and reduce gout attacks. If you’re looking for relief from gout pain, call the office nearest you or book an appointment with the online scheduler.