Gout, also known as gouty arthritis, can make every step you take feel unbearably painful. Whether you’re in the middle of a gout flare-up, or seem to suffer from recurring gout issues, the skilled team of podiatrists at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute can help. To schedule an appointment, book your visit online or call your nearest office today.
Gout is a complex form of arthritis that primarily affects men, although women can certainly struggle with it, too. This painful condition occurs when urate crystals develop from high uric acid levels in your blood and build up in your joints.
Your uric acid levels spike when your body breaks down substances known as purines, which are often found in red meats, seafood, and organ meats. Uric acid levels also surge when you consume alcohol, particularly beer and fruit-sweetened drinks.
Even though uric acid isn’t normally harmful, in some cases, your body starts producing too much — possibly because of your diet — or your kidneys simply don’t excrete enough uric acid. This leads to the formation of sharp, needle-like crystals in your joints.
Gout most commonly affects joints in your lower extremities, such as your feet and ankles, where blood flow is limited and uric acid can easily form crystals. During a gout flare-up, you may experience:
Pain and discomfort associated with gout can turn so severe that you have difficulty walking and standing. Before your gout flare-up starts affecting your daily life, see how the team of expert podiatrists at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute can help.
Treating gout includes a multifaceted approach that involves lessening your pain level while simultaneously working to prevent future gout flare-ups. Your personalized gout treatment plan from Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute can include:
Because being overweight increases your risk of struggling with gout, your dedicated podiatrist may also work with your primary care physician to help you reach a healthy weight. The team at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute is dedicated to finding the best possible gout treatment for your specific needs.
Get relief from your gout by booking an evaluation at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute today. Schedule online or over the phone with your most convenient location.