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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 03, 2016
Tags: gout  

At Philip S. Pinsker, we see an increase in cases of gout at this time of the year, often due to holiday feasting. Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in your tissues or joints, causing intense pains, redness, swelling and inflammation of a joint. Most often gout attacks the big toe joint. Why? Uric acid crystallizes at cooler temperatures and your big toe, being farthest from your heart, is the coldest part of your body.

Foods high in purines can cause your body to produce increased amounts of uric acid. These foods include: red meat, shellfish, organ meats, red wine and beer. So if you’re planning surf and turf for New Year’s Eve with a nice bottle of red wine, you may want to rethink the menu if you’re prone to gout. Other factors that may increase the risk of gout are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Chemotherapy
  • Recent surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Certain medications and vitamins

Getting Relief

Our board certified podiatrist, Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M., will want to know you and your family’s medical history. The tendency for gout can be inherited. Next, he will conduct a complete examination of the affected joint and may order x-rays and/or lab tests to rule out other possible causes of joint inflammation.

Once a diagnosis of gout is confirmed, the foot doctor will most likely have you rest your foot and keep it elevated to reduce pain and inflammation. He may also prescribe oral medication or injections to further reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. To avoid future attacks, avoid foods high in purines and stay well hydrated. Drink lots of water and limit alcoholic beverages because they are dehydrating.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your big toe, schedule an appointment at our Washington, PA office by calling (724) 225-7410. Most foot and ankle disorders respond best when treated early.

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