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How to Ease Your Gout Flare-Up

How to Ease Your Gout Flare-Up

Gout Treatment and Specialist in New York City

Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden, severe pain, swelling, and inflammation in the joints, particularly the big toe. If you're experiencing a gout flare-up, you're likely seeking relief from the intense discomfort. Fortunately, there are several options to ease your symptoms and promote recovery.

Here's how to manage a gout flare-up effectively, courtesy of our podiatric surgeons at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan:

Rest

During a gout flare-up, rest is crucial. Gentle exercise might help alleviate pain in other conditions, but not during a gout attack. Instead, rest, elevate your feet, and apply cold compresses to the affected joint.

Practice Stress Management

Stress can worsen gout by increasing uric acid levels. Incorporate stress management techniques into your daily routine. While resting with your feet elevated, take time to meditate, read, listen to calming music, or practice deep breathing.

Take Anti-Inflammatory Medication

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or naproxen can reduce pain and inflammation during a gout flare-up. Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, podiatrist may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to manage severe symptoms. Always take medications as directed.

Apply Ice Packs

Applying ice packs to the affected joint can reduce inflammation and numb the area. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and apply it for 15-20 minutes several times a day. If you don’t have an ice pack, use a plastic bag filled with crushed ice or a bag of frozen vegetables.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is essential for managing gout flare-ups. Drinking enough water helps flush out uric acid crystals, reducing inflammation. Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day, and during an active flare-up, try to drink as many as 16 cups. Avoid fluids that trigger gout, such as beer, alcohol, sugary drinks, and orange juice. If you struggle with water intake, add fresh lemon slices or mint to your water for flavor.

Follow a Gout-Friendly Diet

Your diet significantly affects gout. Avoid high-purine foods like fish, organ meats, alcohol, and sweetened beverages. These can exacerbate symptoms and lead to flare-ups.

Use Modifications as Needed

If walking is painful during a flare-up, use assistive tools like a cane. If even your sock or bedsheet touching your foot is painful, consider a device to keep the sheet off your toe at night.

Gout Treatments in New York City

For severe or prolonged gout flare-ups, reach out for help. Our specialists at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, will assess your symptoms, provide a proper diagnosis, and recommend tailored treatment options, including oral medications and corticosteroid injections. We also offer guidance on long-term management strategies to prevent future attacks.

For more information on gout treatment options and long-term management, help is just a call or click away. Schedule your appointment with our team today to get the relief you need.

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