Gout is a type of arthritis that often attacks the foot and ankle. Symptoms include severe pain, redness and swelling around the effected joint with no history of injury or inciting event. Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid is a break down product of certain proteins, called purines which are found in foods like red meet, shell fish, cheese, wine and beer – All the good stuff! That’s why Gout is sometimes referred to as “The Disease of Kings”.
DIAGNOSIS OF GOUT
The diagnosis of gout may be made by a blood test showing elevated levels of uric acid, a joint fluid analysis confirming the presence of uric acid crystals, or in advanced cases, an x-ray showing a particular type of erosion around the joint.
TREATMENT OF GOUT
Treatment for chronic gout is primarily focused on reducing the intake of purines in the diet, reducing the formation of uric acid from proteins, and/or helping your body to excrete more uric acid. This can be done by taking oral medicine. Acute gout attacks are treated with anti-inflammatory medicine, heat, or corticosteroid injections into the effected joint. Repetitive gout should be treated with a combination of diet and with oral medication.
Foot and ankle surgery is a highly specialized area of medicine. If you were someone you know is experiencing pain in the foot ankle or lower leg, it is imperative that they see a specialist. The podiatrists at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists provide the most technologically advanced diagnostic modalities and treatment options for your ankle problems available in the area, as well as free transportation for existing patients who have difficulty driving due to foot or ankle pain.