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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: gout  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we find that there is usually no mistaking a case of gout: sudden onset of severe joint pain (strong enough to wake patients from a sound sleep) accompanied by redness, swelling and heat around the affected joint make it difficult to miss. Gout occurs in a joint when uric acid builds up there and then crystallizes. Most often it’s the big toe joint that is the site of a gout attack but it can occur in any joint in your foot or other parts of your body. The pain and swelling from gout can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days to subside. Once you’ve suffered an attack you’ll most definitely want to find ways to avoid another one in the future. Below are some do’s and don’ts for preventing gout:

Do: discuss current medical conditions with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, if you have had an attack of gout. Gout often accompanies other illnesses such as: high blood pressure, blood vessel diseases, diabetes, leukemia, thyroid disease and kidney disease. The foot doctor will also want to know if gout runs in your family since many times it is an inherited condition.

Don’t: fail to go over the list of medications you are currently taking with the podiatrist as well. Certain medications and some vitamins are also known to cause gout.

Do: eliminate or severely eliminate foods in your diet that are high in purines. These include: red meat, organ meats, shell fish, beer, red wine and other alcoholic beverages, sardines, orange juice, tomato sauce and caffeine.

Do: drink lots of water to help flush out your body and your kidneys.

Don’t: overeat—being overweight increases your risk of getting gout.

Don’t: try to walk on the affected foot during an attack if you have been diagnosed with gout. It’s best to rest your foot and elevate it at or slightly above the level of your heart. This will help reduce inflammation and swelling.

If you believe you are experiencing an attack of gout it’s important to contact our Washington office for an appointment. Left untreated, gout can lead to permanent joint damage. Contact us today by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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