08 Apr Painful Gout Flare-Ups? We Can Help!
Has a sudden, intense pain in your big toe ever woken you up in the middle of the night? You might have experienced a gout attack. Gout symptoms can come and go, but understanding how to manage your symptoms and prevent flare-ups can make all the difference. Luckily, here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, Dr. Hochstein is highly experienced in treating this condition and is here to provide the care you need!
What is Gout?
Gout, or gouty arthritis, is an arthritic condition characterized by severe, sudden attacks of pain, redness, swelling, and tenderness in one of your joints. Gout attacks occur most often in the big toe. Common symptoms of Gout include:
- Intense, sudden joint pain.
- Discomfort lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
- Redness and inflammation.
- Limited range of motion.
Gout commonly results from uric acid buildup in the joints, which can cause painful urate crystals to accumulate. If there are high uric acid levels in your blood, these crystals are more likely to form. Your body naturally produces uric acid as it breaks down purines found in the body. These purines are also present in red meats, purine-rich seafood, and alcoholic beverages. As a result, significant consumption of these can make you more prone to Gout flare-ups and pain.
How Long Does Gout Last?
Gout is an episodic condition, and a gout attack will usually last for about three days. However, without practice, it can last significantly longer. Ignoring this condition can lead to more frequent episodes, worsening pain, and joint damage. If you’re in the midst of a gout attack, Dr. Hochstein can help you watch your symptoms. He will carefully evaluate your condition to determine how to provide you with the fastest relief!
If you are experiencing frequent gout attacks or general foot soreness, Dr. Hochstein is here to help! At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we will evaluate your symptoms to help you find relief and inform you about the necessary steps to prevent frequent flare-ups. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment today