The specialists at NJ Spine and Wellness understand how debilitating a gout attack can be.

A complex form of arthritis, gout is caused by an accumulation of uric crystals in the body. While it’s a common condition, there are certain factors that may make patients more susceptible to gout, like their sex, weight, age, and diet. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that typically affects the big toe; however, it can also be found in other joints, such as your foot, ankle, hand, elbow, and wrist.

These flare-ups can come on suddenly and be accompanied by severe and excruciating pain, leading to a feeling like your foot is “on fire.” If you believe you’re suffering from gout, schedule a consultation at one of our locations throughout the state of New Jersey, in:

What Are the Symptoms of Gout?

An episode of gout can come on quickly and include symptoms like:

  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Agonizing pain
  • Swelling
  • Warmth or a feeling of intense heat in the affected joint or area
  • Tenderness from even the slightest touch
  • Limited mobility and range of motion
  • And more

Regardless of whether you have gout in the hand or gout in the foot, symptoms can generally last up to a week or two; in between gout attacks, it’s likely you won’t have any symptoms at all. If left untreated, gout episodes can become more frequent and last for longer durations, which is why it’s critical to contact your NJ Spine and Wellness gout specialist at the first sign of an attack.

What Are the Causes of Gout?

Gout is caused by urate crystals, which can accumulate when you have high levels of uric acid in your blood. While certain physical conditions, like dehydration or blood disorders, can cause the body to produce an excess of uric acid, there are other risk factors that can make you more likely to experience this condition. You’re more likely to get gout if you:

  • Drink alcohol
  • Take certain medications like cyclosporine or diuretics
  • Are a postmenopausal woman or middle-aged man
  • Have a family medical history of gout
  • Have sleep apnea, kidney disease, or diabetes

In addition, certain foods that are high in purines can also increase the chances you’ll experience a gout attack. Speak with your NJ Spine and Wellness gout specialist to determine which foods could be triggering your symptoms. Common foods high in purines include:

  • Sodas
  • Fruit juice
  • Red meat
  • Organ meats
  • Alcohol
  • Fish like mussels and scallops
  • And more

What Are the Treatment Options for Gout?

Your gout specialist at NJ Spine and Wellness can help you properly identify this condition and set you up with a plan to reduce its occurrence. While certain lifestyle changes and preventative methods — like avoiding trigger foods and alcohol — can help protect against a gout attack, there are medications you can take to treat your condition. Examples of drugs that can help address gout issues include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to reduce swelling and pain associated with gout
  • Corticosteroids can be taken by mouth or injected to relieve pain
  • Medications that can decrease the levels of uric acid in your body

Contact Us for More Information

Whether you have this condition in the foot, hand, or anywhere else, the gout specialists at NJ Spine and Wellness are committed to helping you regain control of your life and Get Better Faster. From preventative care to medicinal intervention, we can help treat your gout and reduce the pain, discomfort, swelling, and stiffness associated with this condition. For more information or to schedule an appointment at one of our New Jersey-based locations in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan, or Old Bridge, contact us today.