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If you regularly experience intense joint pain or inflammation and redness that affects your big toe, it’s important to visit a podiatrist. These and related symptoms indicate gout, a common but complex form of arthritis. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, the experienced podiatrists use advanced treatments to relieve pain caused by gout. To make an appointment at the practice in Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, West Jordan, Park City, Heber City, Bountiful, Provo, Nephi, Eagle Mountain, St. George, Santaquin, and South Ogden, Utah, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
Gout is a type of arthritis that commonly affects the big toe. It’s characterized by redness, swelling, and stiffness that occurs suddenly with no warning.
Anyone can experience gout, but certain factors may increase your risk. For example, gout is especially common in men who are overweight.
Symptoms of gout include:
As the condition gets worse, you might also have difficulty bending or straightening your affected joint.
Make an appointment at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center if you have sudden, intense joint pain that doesn’t respond to rest, over-the-counter medication, or ice. You should also make an appointment if you experience joint pain that’s associated with redness, swelling, or a fever.
Risk factors for gout include:
You’re also more likely to experience gout if you’ve undergone surgery recently or experienced a type of foot-related trauma, like a fracture or a stubbed toe.
To diagnose gout, your Advanced Foot & Ankle Center provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet and toes. They also order several tests, including blood work and a joint fluid test.
If your provider suspects your symptoms are the result of another condition besides gout, they might also order X-rays or an ultrasound.
There’s no cure for gout, but it’s possible to manage uncomfortable symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare-ups. Advanced Foot & Ankle Center typically recommends a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medication.
For example, limiting your consumption of alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks can prevent gout attacks. Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight relieves pressure on your joints and improves your range of motion.
Some of the most common drugs used to treat gout include:
Your provider can make recommendations that align with your symptoms and needs.
To explore the various treatment options for gout, make an appointment at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.