How Gout Attacks May Be Reduced

Gout attacks are known to flare up, and then subside. Each attack can last for approximately one week and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis, and it is caused by excess uric acid in the blood. This can come from genetic reasons, or from eating foods that have high levels of purines. Shellfish, red meat, alcohol, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar can fall into this category, and may cause crystals to form in the joints of the big toe. Gout can affect the other toes as well, and often begins in the big toe. Research has shown it generally affects men who are over 40 years old, and it can target individuals with existing medical conditions. These can include high blood pressure, kidney disorder, and psoriasis. Lifestyle changes may help to prevent future gout attacks, consisting of gently exercising daily, drinking plenty of water, and eating healthy foods. If you have gout attacks, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a chiropodist who can treat gout, and help you to manage this painful condition.

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Gout?

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. This type of arthritis is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When uric acid crystallizes in a joint, often the joint of the big toe, it can bring about a gout attack. 


Symptoms of gout include: 

  • Sudden and severe pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth 

  • Joint stiffness

  • Joint deformity


A chiropodist will ask questions about your personal and family medical history, followed by an examination of the affected joint. Laboratory tests and x-rays are sometimes ordered to determine if the inflammation is caused by something other than gout. A sample of fluid taken from your joint can show whether it contains uric acid. 


Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation. Patients with chronic gout can also use behavioral modifications such as diet, exercise, and decreased intake of alcohol to help minimize the frequency of gout attacks. Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be avoided since purines are converted in the body to uric acid. If left untreated, this painful condition can leave your joint permanently damaged and swollen.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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