Arthritis is a condition that can take many forms and severely hinder one’s quality of life. Gout, one of its most complex forms, can be especially problematic. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, our expert team will help patients dealing with this. Dr. Hochstein will point out the symptoms to watch for and what can be done for treatment.

What Is Gout? 

As previously stated, Gout is one type of arthritis. It is characterized by sudden, severe attacks that affect the joints. The joint at the base of your big toe is one of the most common places to experience a spell. In some cases, Gout can be so severe that even a sock or sheet which touches the affected area can cause copious amounts of pain.

Symptoms Of Gout

Understanding the symptoms of Gout allows patients to seek out treatment sooner. Fortunately, our expert podiatrists are well versed in this condition. We’ll evaluate the symptoms right away and help determine if Gout is the problem being faced. Examples of what patients experience during a gout attack include:

  • Intense joint pain.
  • Constant discomfort.
  • Inflammation, and redness.
  • Limited range of motion. 

Risk Factors     

Before discussing the treatment options, we’d first like to touch upon the risk factors that lead to Gout. Patients that are informed in this area can take action to avoid Gout when possible. The most common risk factors that lead to this condition include:

  • Diets rich in meats and seafood.
  • Obesity.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Certain medications.
  • Having a family history of Gout. 

Treatment Options

Although Gout’s symptoms can be severe, patients should take solace because various treatment options can be administered. Our team will perform a full assessment of your condition to determine which treatment will yield the desired results. Examples of these treatments include the below:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Corticosteroids.
  • Medications that block uric acid production.
  • Pain relief medication.
  • Additional methods.