Understanding Gout and Treatment Options

If you have intense pain and swelling in your feet, big toe, or other joints, you might be suffering from a gout attack. Learn about gout, its symptoms, and different treatment options by watching this video.

Gout is an arthritic problem that is caused by an increase in uric acid in the body. When the blood stream becomes too concentrated with uric acid, solid crystals can form in the joints. Typically, uric acid crystals build up in the foot or great toe joint, leading to severe pain. Not only is intense pain a symptom of gout, but this condition is also associated with swelling, heat and redness of the skin.

Gout needs to be treated quickly so that it doesn’t destruct the MPJ joint. Some treatment options can include hydration, diet, and medications. Gout treatment options will depend on how severe and how frequent you are affected by gout attacks.

To seek pain relief in your foot and to help reduce gout attacks in the future, contact Podiatry Associates to meet with a podiatrist in our Parker office locations. You can reach us at 303-805-5156 or online at http://www.footdoctorscolorado.com/contact.cfm.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC