Gout Treatment and Gout Attack Pain Relief
Treatment for gout (or a gout attack or gout flare) is a problem seen in our Northwest Indiana podiatrist office. If you need treatment for a painful gout attack of your foot, please call our friendly, award-winning podiatrist office (we won “Best Podiatrist” by the Post-Tribune and “Best of the Region” an amazing ten times!). Read patient reviews by clicking here.
Incidentally, Dr. Nirenberg or “Dr. Mike” as patients call him, has helped law enforcement, including the FBI, on homicide cases involving foot-related evidence (such as footprints) and gait analysis. His foot and ankle expertise has been sought by numerous media, including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, WBBM radio and FOX News (click here to read more news).To read Dr. Nirenberg’s CV click here.
Gout or a gout attack (or gout flare) is usually very painful and often occurs in the big toe joint or great toe joint of the foot. Since our Northwest Indiana podiatrist office treats gout often, our podiatrist office sees people who need treatment for gout due to a gout attack in other joints as well (not only the great toe joint).
Our foot doctors provide treatment for gout in all foot and ankle joints, including the the first metarsalphalangeal joint, midfoot or mid-tarsal joints, ankle joint, heel area or other toe joints. Sometimes the podiatrist will provide an injection of cortisone (a cortisone shot) to alleviate gout pain in a joint. Cortisone injections for a gout attack can provide rapid pain relief.
Gout and Gout Attack Treatment
Gout or a gout attack can be excruciatingly painful and a gout attack can start quickly. Often, a gout attack starts at night but our Northwest Indiana podiatrist office sees people with gout that flares up at other times of the day.
The sooner you get treatment for gout the sooner the gout attack will go away and the gout pain will be alleviated.
Podiatrist Treatment of Gout and Gout Attack Pain
In our podiatrist office, gout patients often present with a joint in their big toe or great toe that is reds, swollen and painful.
The gout pain area may feel hot or warm to the touch. The pain may be throbbing or stabbing in nature. The area of the gout flare up or gout attack may be extremely painful with the slightest touch and people with gout may not even be able to wear a shoe during a gout attack.
Once you come in to our office for treatment of gout, our Northwest Indiana podiatrist will evaluate your foot carefully to determine the best way to provide you with fast relief from the gout attack. Pain relief for your gout attack is a top priority of our Northwest Indiana podiatrist office.
Once a podiatrist at our office has your gout attack pain under control and the gout attack pain has been alleviated, our podiatrist will work with you to get your gout thoroughly managed so you can avoid further gout attacks.
Our podiatrist’s goal of gout treatment is to keep your gout under good control and in doing so, we try to make sure you never have another gout attack or gout flare up again.
Understanding Gout and Gout Attack Pain, Treatment and Pain-Relief
In simple terms, gout is often due to a chemical in our body (uric acid) that goes too high. When our uric acid levels in our body rise too high, we can have a gout attack or gout flare up. The gout attack or gout flare occurs when the uric acid becomes so high that some of uric acid becomes a painful gout crystal and goes out of our blood stream and enters the joint in our big toe or great toe.
Gout crystals cause the pain gout patients experience. These crystals can enter any joint in our foot or ankle and over time, these gout crystals can cause the big toe joint, or any joint for that matter, to deteriorate and become very arthritic.
Gout may occurs with other medical problems or diseases. Some other medical issues that occur along with gout and gout attacks and may make gout occur or may make a gout attack more painful, includes high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes (and insulin resistance), kidney problems, some types of anemia, parathyroid abnormality, psoriasis and some blood problems. People with obesity may have a relationship to having gout or gout attacks according to some studies.
Gout is considered to be genetic in part for some people. Certain medications can cause gout as a side effect, such drugs for high blood pressure, such as diuretics.
The goal of treatment at first is get the gout under control and alleviate the pain from the gout attack. Our podiatrist will work to give a gout patient medicine to help alleviate the pain, and will discuss diet modifications to help reduce the amount of uric acid the gout sufferer is ingesting in their food.
Our Northwest Indiana award-winning podiatry experts provide gout treatment and gout relief to people who are having a gout attack or gout pain throughout Northwest Indiana. If you need a podiatrist in Northwest Indiana or a podiatrist in Valparaiso, podiatrist in Highland, podiatrist in La Porte, or in Hammond, podiatrist in Schererville or in Michigan City, Schererville, Valparaiso, Dyer, Portage, podiatrist in Gary, podiatrist in Dyer, Highland, podiatrist in Griffith, Lowell, Wheatfield, DeMotte, Rensselaer, Kouts, Lafayette, Hobart, Hammond, Munster or Chesterton, call us today at (219)663-2273.
Gout Occurs in the Big Toe and Other Joints
Gout can occur in any joint in the foot or ankle — not only the big toe joint! In fact, gout can occur in other joints in the body as well. Our Northwest Indiana podiatrist office has seen gout attacks or gout flares that can cause people pain in many different joints in the toes, foot and ankle. Most commonly, a gout attack causes pain in the great toe or big toe joint of the foot.
Part of our podiatrist office gout treatment includes determining the cause of the uric acid going too high. Part of our podiatrist’s treatment for gout will include discussing your diet, as certain foods can cause a gout attack to occur.
In one rare case, our podiatrist Dr. Nirenberg found that a patient’s gout attack was due to a tumor in his neck! Dr. Nirenberg had the tumor removed by a general surgeon and the patient’s gout attacks went away. Dr. Nirenberg published the unique case in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Proper Diagnosis of Gout or a Gout Attack is Vital
Other problems may appear to be gout so it is important if you believe you have gout you see us to confirm the diagnosis. For example, infection (or a diabetic foot infection) may appear to be gout or arthritis of the big toe or simply big toe pain may appear to be gout. When your see a foot doctor at our office he will thoroughly evaluate your pain and determine if you are having a gout attack or gout flare up.
Gout Pain Relief in Northwest Indiana is Just a Call Away
Do not hesitate to call our office today if you believe you may be having a gout attack or if you have a sore foot from gout. We are here to help you!
In the event that you are seeing another doctor for your foot pain and you want a second opinion podiatrist evaluation, please call us at (219)663-2273.
Our award-winning podiatry practice treats people who are having a gout attack or gout pain for people throughout Northwest Indiana. If you need a podiatrist in Northwest Indiana or a podiatrist in Valparaiso, podiatrist in Highland, podiatrist in La Porte, or in Hammond, podiatrist in Schererville or in Michigan City, Schererville, Valparaiso, Dyer, Portage, podiatrist in Gary, podiatrist in Dyer, Highland, podiatrist in Griffith, Lowell, Wheatfield, DeMotte, Rensselaer, Kouts, Lafayette, Hobart, Hammond, Munster or Chesterton, call us today at (219)663-2273.
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