If you notice warmth, swelling, and pain around foot joints, you may be one of the eight million American adults who suffer from gout. It's often most obvious around your big toe, but it can appear nearly anywhere in your foot. There's no reason to suffer from gout symptoms when you don't have to. Innjea Park, DPM offers expert podiatry care in the Murray Hill, Midtown East, Financial District, and Staten Island areas of New York. Book online or call to get gout relief now.
Gout is a kind of arthritis that may develop if you have excessive uric acid in your blood. The uric acid can crystallize within your joints, turning into ultra-sharp tiny needles that can cause intense pain and other symptoms. Although gout can develop in any joint, it usually occurs in your main big toe joint.
There are four basic types of gout.
In this stage, your blood uric acid level is high, and crystals are starting to develop within your joint. However, you don't have obvious symptoms at this point.
Acute gout, also known as a gout attack, occurs when something specific (high alcohol consumption is an example) spikes your uric acid levels. This causes significant inflammation and pain in your toe joint. The pain, swelling, and tenderness typically start at night and then grow more intense over the next 8-12 hours.
A gout attack usually continues for around 7-10 days. After a gout attack, you may never have another attack again, but most gout sufferers do within 1-3 years.
Interval gout is the time after your first gout attack when your symptoms are gone. Just because your symptoms are gone, that doesn't mean the gout isn't there. Interval gout may be causing joint damage, even though your uric acid levels aren't unusually high at the moment.
If you have high uric acid levels for a prolonged period, and your gout attacks are relatively frequent, you have chronic gout. When you have chronic gout, your pain may be nearly constant and you may have severe joint damage.
Every gout sufferer won't necessarily deal with all of these types of gout. For example, if you get proper treatment as soon as you have gout symptoms (your first gout attack) you may be able to prevent chronic gout completely.
In many cases, simple lifestyle changes Dr. Park recommends can prevent chronic gout.
Dr. Park will customize a gout relief plan that’s specific to your needs.
If you're groaning in misery due to gout, get help now. Book online or call the office today.