Gout Treatment in New Jersey
Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful and inflamed joints. It is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is produced in the body through the breakdown of purines – specific chemical compounds that are found in certain foods such as meat, poultry and seafood.
Symptoms of a gout attack include:
- Intense, sudden pain, many times beginning in the middle of the night
- Significant redness, swelling and increased temperature
An attack usually lasts for days and then subsides on its own. While the next attack is unknown over time, the attacks begin to occur longer and more frequently.
Treatment options include medications to decrease the severity of attacks, modification of diet, weight loss, exercise and drinking plenty of water. Consuming foods and beverages that contain high levels of purines can trigger an attack of gout.
Usually, a prescription strength anti-inflammatory or gout medication is used to alleviate the gout flare-up and reduce pain. X-rays and uric acid levels should also be obtained. In the mid to final stages, a podiatrist may recommend surgery.
The foot doctors of Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons provide comprehensive care and treatment for the full range of foot and ankle problems. There are many advantages to having your gout flare-up(s) treated by our experienced and skilled surgeons including:
Advanced pain management
Our doctors use advanced pain management techniques to minimize post-operative discomfort. On a scale of ten, most of our patients report a pain level of 2 or less following surgery.
Personalized treatment plan
We treat our patients “as if they were family” and you will receive your surgeon’s full attention before, during and after your procedure. We can even arrange for a patient who has had a similar procedure to share information with you in advance, to give you a well-rounded view of what you might expect during your own procedure and recovery.