Gout is an accumulation of salts and uric acid in your feet joints, normally found in your diet; this condition is also referred to as gouty arthritis. Because your big toe is subjected to much more pressure than your other toes, it is the most commonly affected area. Men are more likely to contract gout, as well as those who regularly consume red meats, rich sauces, shellfish, and brandy. Although not proven, it is thought that other foods such as lentils and beans, that are high in protein, may also contribute to contracting symptoms.
What Are The Signs?
Symptoms of gout can vary from person to person, but one of the most common signs that you may have gout is waking up in the middle of the night with an acute and throbbing sensation in your big toe. This pain is due to swelling and can last for anywhere from three to four hours and then dissipate. Generally speaking, your pain will return every few months and in the same spot.
Gout Treatment Options
If you have gout, your condition can be controlled with prescription medications and a monitored diet plan. You may also be advised to apply ice or cooling lotions to help alleviate your pain and swelling during a bad flare up. In severe cases, you may also be asked to wear specially-made shoes to alleviate associated pain.
If you are experiencing pain similar to the above described and think you may have this condition, contact our podiatrists for your consultation and schedule your appointment today. Our teams in both Arlington and Dallas can help diagnosis any foot condition and develop a customized gout treatment plan if needed. Call our foot specialists today and find the help that you need for your pain.