Find out the symptoms of gout and when to seek medical care.
If you are experiencing sudden pain in your big toe, you could be dealing with gout. While not often talked about, this form of arthritis can be very painful and affect your daily life. From the office of your St. Louis, MO podiatrist, Dr. Richard F. Wittock, find out more about this condition and what to do if you have it.
What is gout?
Gout is a painful type of arthritis that happens when there is too much uric acid buildup in you body. Many people experience the pain in their big toe, but it can also affect the fingers, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, or heels. Gout can be brought on by an illness, stressors, or from drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
What are the symptoms?
As we mentioned above, many people experience gout symptoms in their big toe. You may find that the toe is also warm to the touch, sore, red and/or swollen. This condition can also cause joint stiffness. Attacks can be so painful it wakes you from your sleep.
How is gout treated?
If you are dealing with any symptoms of gout, it’s important you see your podiatrist in St. Louis, MO for a proper diagnosis. Any symptoms such as these should always be checked out by a medical professional and not ignored.
An initial gout attack can last anywhere from three to 10 days, and you may experience another bout months or even years later. One of the first things we do to treat gout is recommend medication. This includes:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
- Colchicine (a prescription anti-inflammatory that prevents future gout attacks)
We can also give you tips for changing your lifestyle so you can prevent future attacks and stay healthy. This may include changing your diet, exercising more routinely, or losing weight.
Dealing with any kind of foot pain is disconcerting, but don’t let it affect your day-to-day routine. Call your foot doctor in St. Louis, MO at Ankle and Foot Institute and figure out the cause of your pain.