The pain and swelling of gout are unpleasant enough when they first arrive, but if you don’t control the buildup of uric acid in your joints, flare-ups become more frequent and intense. At Local Foot Doc, with offices in Brooklyn and Queens, New York City, experienced podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors are skilled in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of gout. To get relief from gout pain and stop it from returning, call or click today. For your convenience, Dr. Majdanski has offices in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria, and locations in Brooklyn.
Gout is a form of arthritis (joint inflammation) caused by a buildup of uric acid, most commonly affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Normally, you excrete uric acid in your urine, but if you have gout, uric acid will accumulate in your joints and form crystals, which cause intense pain and inflammation.
The primary cause of gout is your diet. You’re more likely to develop gout if you consume lots of:
Gout most commonly affects men between the ages of 40 and 50, especially if they’re overweight, have high blood pressure, or are taking diuretics (water pills) for kidney problems. There may also be a genetic component to gout, meaning some people are more likely to develop it than others if they eat a diet high in the food listed above and have other risk factors.
Attacks of gout often come on suddenly, usually in the middle of the night or early morning, causing intense pain that many patients liken to joints being on fire. The affected joint, usually at the base of the big toe, becomes warm, red, stiff, tender, and swollen.
The pain of a gout attack is worst within the first 36 hours of the attack and then subsides but lingers. Symptoms usually last 3-10 days in total. Without managing your uric acid levels, attacks become more frequent (potentially several times a year), last longer, and spread to more joints, including your ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and fingers.
Gout can be difficult to diagnose through examination alone because the symptoms may result from different conditions, including calcium deposits, injuries, and other forms of arthritis. Dr. Majdanski or another doctor at Local Foot Doc will examine your feet, ask about your symptoms and diet, and confirm a diagnosis of gout by taking a blood test to measure the levels of uric acid in your blood or testing fluid taken from the affected joint.
To treat the symptoms of a gout attack, your doctor prescribes pain relief medications. If you’ve already experienced several attacks of gout, they may prescribe medication to manage your uric acid levels.
The most effective way to manage gout and prevent it from coming back is to eat diet low in foods that cause uric acid buildup, limit alcohol consumption, and maintain a healthy weight. Dr. Majdanski and his team of doctors can help you with the lifestyle changes necessary to keep gout under control and may perform regular blood tests to monitor the levels of uric acid in your blood.
To get treatment for gout before it becomes a regular part of your life, call your nearest Local Foot Doc location or use the online booking tool.