Gout occurs in the big toe’s joint and other areas of the feet and ankles due to a buildup of uric acid flowing in the blood. This uric acid forms from the digestion of meats, seafood, alcohol and any other foods or liquids that contain large amounts of sugar. Moreover, if an individual is dehydrated, the body will have a much more difficult time excreting it through the kidneys since they are responsible for filtering the blood.
Kidney or thyroid complications and medications such as diuretics can make it difficult for the body to excrete uric acid as well. When uric acid is not being filtered through the blood, it is generated into a crystalline structure, which can cause severe aching, inflammation, sudden/intense pain and a feeling that the foot is on fire. This condition can, therefore, cause a significant limitation of mobility if allowed to progress without obtaining the necessary treatment.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- The use of appropriate medications to help reduce pain and inflammation at the joints suffering from this condition.
- Limiting the amount of alcohol, soda, sweet juices and meats consumed on a daily basis.
- Increase the amount of water consumed daily.
- Exercise is helpful for speeding up the reactions of breaking down uric acid.
- Loss of weight can help to reduce stress on the joints.
Gout can become painful and difficult to deal with when not treated appropriately. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., will provide the necessary treatment for your particular gout to ensure the best possible chance of a reduction in pain and swelling. Please don’t wait any longer to make an appointment and call our office at (404) 355-4522 so that your feet can get on the road to recovery and make gout a pain of the past!
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