It’s estimated that about 8.3 million Americans have gout, a painful type of arthritis that usually affects the big toe. Left unmanaged, gout can negatively impact your quality of life and prevent you from participating in your favorite activities. At Precision Podiatry with three locations in the Round Rock, Cedar Park, and the River Place neighborhoods of Austin, Texas, the licensed foot and ankle specialists regularly diagnose and treat gout. To request your consultation today, call the office nearest you.
Gout is a common type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in your bloodstream. It’s characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, and tenderness in the joints, particularly at the base of your big toe.
Gout attacks tend to occur suddenly and with little warning. For example, you might wake up in the middle of the night feeling like your toe’s on fire. Joints affected by gout are warm to the touch, swollen, and tender. Gout symptoms come and go, but with proper treatment, it’s possible to keep them in check.
The symptoms of gout vary from person to person and depend on the severity of your condition. That said, telltale signs of gout include:
If you live an active lifestyle, it’s perfectly normal to experience joint pain from time to time. However, if your joint pain is intense and doesn’t respond to conservative measures of treatment, make an appointment with the team at Precision Podiatry right away.
Gout affects people of all ages, races, and genders, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:
Certain chronic conditions also increase your risk of gout, including high blood pressure and diabetes.
To diagnose gout, your Precision Podiatry provider reviews your medical history, performs a physical exam, and asks you about your symptoms. If these measures don’t provide enough information, your doctor might also order blood tests, X-rays, or an ultrasound to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for gout. However, it’s possible to manage your symptoms with prescription medications. The type of medication you’ll most benefit from depends on the severity of your condition. Your doctor might recommend:
If you regularly experience gout attacks, your doctor might also recommend a prescription medication to block the excess production of uric acid.
To learn more about your treatment options for gout, make an appointment at Precision Podiatry today by calling the office nearest you.