Gout

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain in the joints. It can often happen suddenly.

Common symptoms include:

  • Intense joint pain. Oftentimes, the big toe is the first affected joint.
  • Hot, warm, and swollen joint
  • Decreased range of motion of the affected joint
  • Pain that lasts several days, lingering. Does not usually go away with rest.

Treatment of Gout

Gout is caused by crystals that accumulate in the joint space. If untreated, you can suffer permanent injury to the joint. A buildup of uric acid can cause urate crystals to form, which deposit in the joints resulting in inflammation and pain. Foods and drinks, such as steak, seafood, alcohol, and fructose increase your risk. Other risk factors, include obesity, family history, male gender, obesity. Treatment for gout includes diet modification, limiting alcohol intake, weight loss, and medications. It is also important to determine if there are other causes of joint pain. In some cases, you may need a more complete examination in person. We will evaluate your symptoms and help determine a course of action to help you feel better.