Handling emergencies and sudden problems takes practice. That’s why office buildings, schools, and even the government run drills and put plans in place for fires, tornados, virus outbreaks, and more. Savvy people have their own plans in place to deal with unexpected problems that might arise in their lives. If you live with gouty arthritis, you should have a special plan to handle a gout attack. That way, when a flare-up hits, you’re able to take care of the pain quickly and effectively.
A gout attack is sudden and generally occurs without warning. You simply wake up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in your big toe. Once it strikes, an attack can last for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. There really isn’t much you can do about it, but you can minimize the damage. The key to alleviating the pain of a flare-up is to get it treated immediately.
Here are a few ways you can take care of and alleviate the pain of a gout flare-up:
1. Get professional care – Call professionals like our experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for immediate treatment help. Getting treatment in the first day of an attack can help shorten it and make it less severe.
2. Take a break – Avoid aggravating the joint with activities. Instead, keep your foot elevated and relax.
3. Cool the pain – Apply ice to the toe. Ice packs can help ease inflammation and swelling.
4. Hydrate – Drink plenty of water. This helps flush out the uric acid in your blood that’s causing the problem.
In the end, managing gout before and after an attack is the key to preventing damage and avoiding future flare-ups. This does mean adjusting your diet and lifestyle habits, and it might require medication. In the end, though, saving your joints is worth it.If you have gout or think you might be experiencing a gout attack, don’t wait. Get help right away to take care of your foot. Our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is happy to help. Use our website to reach us, or call or fax. For our Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375. For our Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.