Gout occurs from a buildup of extra uric acid residing in the blood. It can cause trouble on the big toe’s joint. If you’re wondering how the excess uric acid forms, it generally results from the digestion of meats, seafood, alcohol and any other foods or liquids that contain large amounts of sugar. Dehydration, kidney or thyroid health problems can also make it difficult to get rid of uric acid from your body. Medications can also make it problematic for uric acid to be dispelled. So, if uric acid is not being excreted through the blood, it is turned into a crystal structure, that can cause severe aching, swelling, sudden powerful pain and a feeling that the foot is scorching. As you can imagine, a significant reduction in mobility will therefore occur as a result. The pain will be severe and can occur abruptly. Timely treatment is imperative with gout as the pain produced by it is not something you want to feel!
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Take anti-inflammatories to lessen irritation triggered by the excess uric acid. Use medications that act to reduce the amount of uric acid in your body.
- Use of corticosteroids will help to decrease swelling. They will be injectied into the joint of the big toe for maximum effectiveness.
- Increase the amount of water you drink to counter dehydration.
- Get plenty of exercise as the movement will aid to expel uric acid from the body.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, know the difficulty of dealing with the pain brought on by gout and can provide you with treatment targeted for your specific level of discomfort. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. Also, we have an exceptional Patient Education section that can help you dive deeper into this and many other foot and ankle subjects so that you may be able to prevent the onset of other complications in the future.