If you’re one of the more than four million Americans living with gout, it’s important to partner with a trusted podiatrist. Without prompt intervention, gout flare-ups can negatively affect your mobility and quality of life. At Gelbmann Podiatry, with two locations in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, provide comprehensive care for gout. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.
Gout is a common type of arthritis that causes swelling and tenderness in the joints, especially those in your feet and big toes. It occurs due to an increase of uric acid, a byproduct of eating foods rich in purines.
Symptoms of gout often come and go, but with professional treatment, it’s possible to manage the condition and limit gout attacks.
Gout affects everyone differently, but common symptoms include:
Over time, gout can also negatively affect your mobility. For example, you might notice that it’s difficult to straighten or bend your big toe.
Gout affects people of all ages and backgrounds, but several factors may increase your risk. One of the most common gout triggers is eating a diet that contains lots of red meat or seafood. Drinking alcohol regularly also puts you at risk.
Other factors that contribute to gout include being overweight, having an underlying medical condition like diabetes or metabolic syndrome, and having a family history of gout. If your parents or grandparents suffered from gout, you’re more likely to as well.
To diagnose gout, Gelbmann Podiatry reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and physically examines your feet, toes, and ankles.
To pinpoint the source of your discomfort, your provider orders a joint fluid test and blood tests. A joint fluid test looks for urate crystals, a common cause of gout attacks. Blood tests measure the uric acid and creatinine in your blood.
If necessary, your Gelbmann Podiatry provider might also order X-rays. This diagnostic imaging procedure uses low radiation levels to take detailed pictures of the joints and bones in your feet. It can diagnose other sources of joint inflammation.
Gelbmann Podiatry usually recommends a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medication to treat gout. You can significantly reduce the risk of gout attacks by cutting back on alcohol consumption, exercising regularly, and losing weight.
Several types of medications can treat uncomfortable symptoms of gout, including medication that blocks uric acid production and drugs to improve uric acid removal.
To learn more about gout treatment, schedule an appointment at Gelbmann podiatry. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.