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FOOT & ANKLE GOUT TREATMENT

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Dr. Clements is trained in Forefoot surgery and General Podiatric Medicine. She has lectured internationally on the subject of the diabetic foot care and amputation prevention.

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Combatting Foot & Ankle Gout: Effective Treatment at Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center

Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in joints, often affecting the base of the big toe. It occurs when urate crystals accumulate in your joints, causing inflammation and intense pain. At Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center, we offer targeted treatments for foot and ankle gout, aiming to alleviate pain, reduce flare-ups, and manage uric acid levels in your body.

Identifying Gout in the Foot and Ankle

You might be suffering from gout if you experience:

Tailored Gout Management and Treatment Plans

  • Acute Attack Management: Immediate treatment focuses on relieving pain and reducing inflammation. This may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, or corticosteroids to control pain and swelling.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: We provide guidance on diet and lifestyle changes to help reduce uric acid levels, such as limiting intake of purine-rich foods, alcohol, and sugary beverages.
  • Medication to Lower Uric Acid Levels: For long-term management, medications like allopurinol or febuxostat may be prescribed to lower uric acid levels in the blood, preventing future gout attacks.
  • Physical Therapy: Once the acute attack subsides, physical therapy can help improve joint function and prevent stiffness.
  • Education and Support: Our team offers education on recognizing early signs of gout attacks and strategies to manage your condition effectively, including weight management and hydration tips.

Preventing Gout Flare-Ups

Preventive measures are critical in managing gout and reducing the frequency of flare-ups. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular exercise.
  • Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and help flush uric acid from your body.
  • Avoiding foods high in purines, such as red meat, organ meats, and certain types of seafood.
Answers to more questions about:

Why does gout often affect the foot and ankle?

A: Uric acid tends to crystallize at lower temperatures, and since the feet are the farthest from the heart, they're cooler, making them a common site for gout attacks.

Why does gout often affect the foot and ankle?

A: Uric acid tends to crystallize at lower temperatures, and since the feet are the farthest from the heart, they're cooler, making them a common site for gout attacks.

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Take the first step towards pain-free living by scheduling an appointment with Flat Shoals Foot And Ankle Center. Contact us today to book your appointment and embark on your journey to optimal foot and ankle health.

 

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