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How can I control gout pain?
Most gout pain flares up very suddenly and sharply without warning, but there are ways you can help alleviate it. Ice your toe to try to lower the inflammation in the joint. Keep your foot elevated, too, to avoid straining it. Drink plenty of water to flush out the excess uric acid in your blood. Avoid gout trigger foods and drinks so you don’t make the situation worse. Also, contact experts like our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona so we can help you with anti-inflammatory treatments in the first day of a flare-up.
Except for during an attack, you don’t really experience discomfort from the condition—however, an important part of controlling gout pain does mean managing the chronic issue outside of a flare-up. You’ll need to eat gout-safe foods and live a healthy lifestyle. If you need medication, take it regularly. Let our team help you establish a safe plan to manage your condition. Use our website to make an appointment with us. You can also call or fax one of our office locations: call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler office; call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office.
What causes gout?
Despite popular opinion, what you eat is not one of the direct causes of gout. Some people can eat certain foods and drink beer and never have a problem. Others end up with excruciating pain and swelling in their big toe or elsewhere. Since they cannot process the purines in some foods properly, they have an attack.
Gout is actually caused by excess uric acid in your system. A few who suffer from this painful condition actually produce too much of this acid for some reason. In the rest, the kidney does not adequately remove the extra acid from their system. Thus, when they eat a trigger food, the acid builds up to high levels and forms tiny urate crystals in their joints—usually the big toe, but also the ankle and elsewhere. They can also be more prone to developing kidney stones.
Weight control, controlling blood pressure, limiting alcohol, and drinking water can all help prevent an attack. For more info or help dealing with a flare, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler—Phone (480) 963-9000 and Fax (480) 963-0375—or Gilbert—Phone (480) 981-1800 and Fax (480) 981-0229 .