Gout is a unique form of arthritis in that painful attacks are often triggered by your diet. Because gout tends to flare up suddenly and cause debilitating pain, Mariola Rivera, DPM, of Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center provides comprehensive gout treatment and prevention plans. Get relief from gout by starting your treatment at their Purchase or White Plains, New York, podiatry practice right away. Book your exam online or over the phone.
Having gout means that painful, jagged uric acid crystals build up in your joints. Uric acid is a natural substance that’s left over after your body metabolizes purines. Usually, purines are found in red meats, seafood, and alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
In most cases, your body just flushes away that uric acid through waste. However, if you have poor-functioning kidneys, if you produce too much uric acid, or if you just have a diet high in purines, uric acid levels surge, which triggers a gout attack.
The problem is that when uric acid circulates through your bloodstream, it crystalizes in cooler areas. Because your toes, feet, and ankles are the furthest points from your heart, blood flow is limited and thus, these areas are cooler.
Your risk of gout also increases if you have a family history of gout, if you’re male, or if you’re overweight.
If you’re seemingly healthy and then one day, you have stabbing pains in your feet or ankles that almost knock you off your feet, you might have gout. That’s how intense the pain is when an attack strikes. Gout can also lead to any of the following issues in your affected joint:
Gout attacks peak rather quickly. As the pain subsides, your symptoms can persist for several weeks. Because untreated gout can lead to chronic inflammation and a permanent joint deformity, schedule an evaluation at Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center if you currently have gout or have a prior history of gout.
Absolutely! At Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Rivera understands how much gout can seriously start lowering your quality of life. She sits and talks with about all of the possible treatment options and works with you to find an effective treatment package. Getting relief from gout and preventing future flare-ups can include:
Dr. Rivera also counsels you about your diet. She lets you know exactly which foods you need to avoid to prevent any more issues with gout.
Before your gout starts lowering your quality of life, book an evaluation at Aesthetic Podiatry & Sports Medicine Center. Click on the online scheduler, or call the office directly.