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Gout - Podagra

Gout has become more common over the years, affecting 2% of the population, most commonly men and post-menopausal women. Gout is an inflammatory arthritis condition that very commonly affects the joints in the foot, specifically the big toe joint. Typically, the metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe presents to our office as being red, hot, swollen and tender. Elevated levels of uric acid in your body can lead to a gout attack.The body has an inability to remove the uric acid and, therefore, it presents in joints and surrounding tissues. In extreme cases, gouty tophi (chalky deposits) are visible or palpable in and around the joint.

First line of treatment generally involves a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or with colcrys (colchicine). Learning how to curtail your diet can also lessen the symptoms and frequency of "attacks". If pain is severe, an injection can be given in the office to help relieve the symptoms. Long-term treatment can be accomplished with diet changes and common medicines such as allopurinol, probenecid or uloric.

Don't wait for symptoms subside, pain and discomfort from attacks can last several weeks. Come in to the office today and let us help you get to get you on the road to a quick recovery from this painful condition. 

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