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Gout


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If you feel sudden yet intense waves of pain, swelling, redness or tenderness in your joints, especially at the base of your big toe, you may have gout. This is a common yet complicated type of arthritis that may come and go. Gout attacks may occur suddenly and out of the blue, sometimes even waking you up in the middle of the night. Thankfully, our podiatrist in Joliet can provide you with solutions to help manage and prevent your symptoms. 

Causes

When urate crystals begin to build up in your joint, this is when a gout attack occurs. The inflammation in your joint causes shooting pain. Typically, these urate crystals form when there are high levels of uric acid in your blood, often the result of your body breaking down purines, which are substances naturally found in your body. However, purines may also be found in foods such as steak, seafood and organ meats in addition to alcoholic beverages and drinks sweetened with fructose. 

Symptoms

The following are common symptoms of gout:

  • Sudden, intense joint pain that impacts the joint of your large toe. This pain may also impact your ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers, and the pain is the most intense within the first 4-12 hours after it begins. 
  • Joint inflammation and redness.
  • A limited range of motion in the joints. 
  • Lasting discomfort that spans from a few days to a few weeks. 

Prevention

If you have experienced gout, make sure that you drink plenty of fluids and limit drinks with high-fructose corn syrup. You should also limit your alcohol intake or avoid it altogether. Shift your diet away from meat, fish and poultry and instead focus on eating low-fat dairy products, as they can help protect against gout. Finally, maintain healthy body weight.

Diagnosis & Treatment Options

Our podiatrist in Joliet may need to take a joint fluid test to determine whether or not gout is the issue at hand. A blood test could also be beneficial in measuring your uric acid levels, however, this isn’t a surefire diagnosis. X-rays, ultrasound and dual-energy CT scans are also beneficial in diagnosing gout.

We typically use medications to help treat gout attacks, including NSAIDs, colchicine, and corticosteroids. There are also medications that can help block the production of uric acid and improve the removal process. 

Improve your quality of life by reducing the number of gout attacks that you experience on a monthly basis. Our team at Suburban Foot & Ankle looks forward to helping you!

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Two Convenient Locations

Plainfield

15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Bolingbrook

215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax