Gout

Gout Specialist
Serving patients from three locations, Midtown East, Midtown West, and Downtown, Manhattan Podiatry Associates are leading providers of care and treatment for gout. Patients can receive advanced medical care for the discomfort and tenderness associated with gout.

Gout Q & A




What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis which develops because of high levels of uric acid in the blood. This acid can build up and form crystals which irritated the joints. The condition can cause severe episodes of tenderness, swelling, pain, redness, and warmth. When the uric acid levels in the blood continue to be high, the person can develop chronic gout. The attacks can become more frequent and may not go away with the usual treatment. Gout is more common among men. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes can increase your risk of developing the condition.

What Other Risk Factors Are There for Gout?

Gout is more likely to develop if:

  • A family member has gout
  • You take diuretics or immune suppressing medications
  • You eat larger amounts of shellfish and red meat
  • You drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day
  • You are overweight or obese
  • You have undergone bypass surgery
  • You drink sodas or sugary drinks which contain fructose

What Treatments Are Used for Gout?

When a person is suffering from an acute gout attack, doctors will try to get the swelling and pain under control. To help relieve symptoms patients should:

  • Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol, drink lots of water instead
  • Ice and elevate the affected joint
  • Relax, stress can make it worse
  • Take an anti-inflammatory drug as soon as you can
  • Ask for help with tasks if necessary
  • Call the doctor to make an appointment

Corticosteroids are also used to treat the inflammation and can be taken orally or injected into the affected joint. Medications which lower uric acid levels are also available. The doctor will prescribe these medications after the attack has finished. If you are dealing with gout, contact the office to go over treatment plans with the doctor.

 

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