Gout is caused by uric acid in the joints that crystalizes. This happens because the body produces uric acid when it converts purines from foods which then enters the blood and passes through the kidneys to the urine. When uric acid builds up and crystalizes, the crystals are very sharp and cause significant pain. It’s the big toe joint that’s most affected by these crystals. This condition generally happens at night or in the morning because of low body temperature or dehydration. These types of crystals tend to develop in reduced temperatures and dehydration slows down the excretion of uric acid.
With all this being said alcohol intake, such as beer, has the effect of increasing a person’s chances of getting this condition because alcohol has a large amount of purine in it, which of course can lead to excess uric acid. Beer also has a high amount of yeast, which can increase the likelihood of developing this condition due to its effect on the body.
Treatment for this condition includes:
· Using anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation caused by the crystal buildup.
· Using colchicine as prescribed by your podiatrist to alleviate pain associated with this condition.
· Using medications that lower the amount of urate in the body to stop this condition from occurring again.
· Using corticosteroids injections into the joint of the big toe to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
This condition can cause significant pain when not controlled appropriately. One way to reduce the chances of acquiring gout is to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed. Please contact us to get needed treatment for this painful condition. At Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, located in Waterbury 203-755-0489 & Newtown 203-270-6724, Connecticut, our podiatrist, Dr. Joel S. Segalman, DPM, will work with you to determine the source of your gout and will provide you with all available remedies to give your feet the best chance of being pain-free. Please call our office at any of the two numbers listed above and we’ll do our best to put an end to gout!