Gout is a common condition that causes bouts of sudden pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in the joints in your foot. J. Adrian Wright, DPM, MS, offers several safe and effective gout treatments at Quantum Foot and Ankle Group, PC in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Dr. Wright is a board-certified podiatrist specializing in individualized care at the boutique practice. To schedule a visit, call the office or book online today.
Gout is a type of arthritis that can develop when you have high levels of uric acid. Normally, your body produces and disposes of uric acid on its own.
Gout occurs when your body either produces too much uric acid or excretes too little. High levels of uric acid cause sharp urate crystals to form around your joints, resulting in intense joint pain, inflammation, and redness.
As the condition continues, it may become difficult to move the affected joint. Gout typically affects the joint of your big toe, but can also affect joints in your ankles and knees. After the initial gout attack, joint discomfort can linger from a few days to a few weeks.
There are several factors that can contribute to high levels of uric acid including:
For some people, alcohol consumption can increase the risk of a gout attack. Certain medications can also contribute to high levels of uric acid.
Gout tends to affect men more than women. Men are more likely to develop gout between the ages of 30 and 50 while women don’t typically develop the condition until after menopause.
In most cases, Dr. Wright can effectively treat your gout with medication. The goal of gout treatment is to relieve your pain and prevent your symptoms from returning.
There are several options for gout treatments, including oral medications and injections, so Dr. Wright performs a thorough evaluation to determine the right treatment for you. Your evaluation may include advanced tests like a joint fluid test, blood test, ultrasound, or X-ray.
Once you receive the right gout treatment and your symptoms subside, you can take steps to avoid future attacks of gout. Some of these steps include:
If gout pain disrupts your normal routine and lowers your overall quality of life, see Dr. Wright for relief.
To speak with Dr. Wright about your condition and learn about gout treatments, book your appointment by phone or online today.