What is Gout?

Gout is a disorder that results from the buildup of uric acid on the tissues or a joint.

What causes Gout?

Gout attacks are caused by deposits of crystallized uric acid in the joint. Uric acid is the result of the breakdown of purines, chemicals that are found naturally in our bodies and in food. The tendency to accumulate uric acid is often inherited. Gout is more common in men aged 40 to 60 years. Consuming foods and beverages that contain high levels of purines can trigger an attack of gout.


An attack of gout can be miserable, marked by the following symptoms:
  • Intense pain that comes on suddenly, often in the middle of the night or upon arising.
  • Redness, swelling, and warmth over the joint---all of which are signs of inflammation.
The symptoms of gout and the inflammatory process usually resolve in three to ten days with treatment. If repeated attacks occur, see your primary doctor for maintenance treatment that involve daily medication. Repeated episodes can cause arthritic damage to the joint.


  • Medication. Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation.
  • Dietary restrictions. Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be avoid, since purines are converted in the body to uric acid.
  • Fluids. Drink plenty of water and other fluids each day, while also avoiding alcoholic beverages, which causes dehydration.
  • Immobilize and elevate the foot. Avoid standing and walking to give your foot rest. Also, elevate your foot to help reduce the swelling.

If you are suffering from Gout, please call us at 704-504-1004 or Click Here to request an appointment.

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InStride - Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists

11030 South Tryon Street
Suite 308
Charlotte, NC 28273