Nearly 8 million people in the United States live with the sudden, stabbing pain of gout. While there’s no cure for gout, Roxanne Burgess, DPM, offers comprehensive management plans at Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Burgess focuses on relieving the pain of gout and works closely with you to reduce your risk for recurrent gout attacks that can take away from your quality of life. If you need help managing gout pain, request an appointment at Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists by phone or by using the online booking system.

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What is gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs due to a buildup of uric acid in your blood. When this acid crystalizes, it causes a sudden and intense stabbing pain in the joints. Gout can affect any joint but is especially common in the joint of your big toe.

You may have high levels of uric acid due to the foods you eat, such as organ meats and seafood. You may also be at increased risk for gout if you’re obese, have a family history of the disease, or have underlying health issues, like chronic kidney disease or high blood pressure.

The pain from a gout attack in your big toe joint can be debilitating and interfere with your ability to stay active. If you aren’t finding relief from stabbing joint pain with rest and over-the-counter medications, schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Burgess as soon as possible.

How is gout diagnosed?

To confirm your joint pain is related to gout, Dr. Burgess may request a blood test to assess the uric acid levels in your blood. She may also draw a sample of fluid from the joint to check for uric acid.

You may also need X-rays or similar imaging tests to rule out fractures in the joint or other complications.

Once Dr. Burgess confirms gout, she creates a treatment plan to relieve your pain and improve the overall health of your big toe joint.

How is gout treated?

To relieve pain during a gout attack, Dr. Burgess can recommend pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. These medications can also help prevent the frequency of a gout attack. Dr. Burgess also offers injections of steroids to quickly reduce inflammation in the joint.

Other medications are available that address the root cause of gout attacks, such as prescription medications that reduce the amount of uric acid your body makes or makes it easier for your kidneys to remove excess acid from your body.

In addition to medications, Dr. Burgess offers guidance for making necessary lifestyle changes to prevent gout attacks. This includes limiting foods that contain high levels of uric acid and engaging in daily physical exercises to maintain a healthy weight.

If you need help managing recurrent gout attacks, schedule a consultation at Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists by phone or by using the online booking system today.