Gout can happen on your big toe and to other parts of the feet and ankles. It occurs from the buildup of uric acid. This acid is supposed to be expelled from your body. When it isn’t, it can group and produce crystal-like structures that cause inflammation in the joints of your feet and ankles. Uric acid can develop from the digestion of food and alcohol since they contain large amounts of sugar. Certain medications or thyroid complications can also make it difficult for you to expel uric acid from your body.
Moreover, if uric acid is not cleaned through the blood, it can cause severe throbbing, swelling, and a burning feeling in your feet. Gout can hinder your mobility if allowed to grow without obtaining the necessary treatment. It will cause a slow chain of reactions that will damage the area of inflammation. As you can imagine, a crystal structure is sharp. You do not want that type of pain stuck in your feet for long periods. Treatment provides huge relief for gout.
Treatment for this condition includes:
Take medications to help prevent gout from occurring repeatedly. This will also help to stop other complications such as kidney stones.
Anti-inflammatories can help to provide relief from symptoms as a majority of them are related to swelling. Furthermore, medications will assist with reducing the amount of uric acid by removing it from the body.
Here at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, our podiatrists, Joel S. Segalman, DPM and Stephen Lazaroff, DPM understand the pain associated with gout and the lasting effect it can have on your overall comfort. We can provide treatment that will help to provide immediate relief while also working with you to develop a diet plan that will help to prevent the ingestion of foods and liquids that may increase your chances of developing painful crystal structures in your blood. Please contact us to make an appointment as we have two offices conveniently located in Waterbury & Newtown, CT. We look forward to helping you dispel the power of gout!