If you are looking for an expert podiatrist, you should become familiar with our top-notch podiatry practice, InStep Podiatry. Our Pine Lake GA foot doctor, Dr. Anastasia Thomas, is a licensed and board-certified podiatrist who provides expert foot care for a wide variety of foot problems, including gout.
Gout is a form of arthritis. When a patient has a sudden attack of gout they will feel a burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. Gout usually occurs in the big toe. It is important that gout is medically treated or gout attacks will continue to occur again and again. If this continues, your joints, tendons, and other tissues in the foot can be affected. Gout is most commonly found in men. It is caused by an imbalance of uric acid in the body. Gout pain can be very severe. Gout is found in about one out of every 200 people, and can run in families. The main symptom of gout is a very sharp throbbing pain in the big toe. The big toe is also swollen when this occurs. Pain usually lasts for a few hours and will not return for months at a time. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding alcohol and soda helps to reduce gout attacks. If you are experiencing a gout attack, our Pine Lake GA foot doctor can help with different types of pain reduction medications. Prescription orthotics will help redistribute pressure away from the affected areas of your toe. Gout attacks can be controlled by anti-inflammatory drugs which can be prescribed. Our foot doctor will also advise you about the best types of shoes to wear, and let you know where you can get them. Protective shields for your toes, provided by our foot doctor, will also help to relieve pressure on the toe. If you develop corns or ulcers on your foot from gout problems, our foot doctor can treat these, as well.
For an appointment to meet with our Pine Lake GA foot doctor regarding treatment of gout, or any other foot problem, simply contact us today.