Gout Treatment in Dallas
Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. Symptoms of gout include warmth, swelling, discoloration, and tenderness in the affected joint area. The small joint on the big toe is the most common place for a gout attack to occur.
People who are obese, gain weight excessively, drink alcohol heavily, have high blood pressure, or have abnormal kidney function are more likely to develop gout. Furthermore, certain drugs and diseases are likely to increase levels of uric acid in the joints, which eventually leads to gout. You are also more likely to develop gout if you eat a lot of meat and fish.
Many of those who experience gout attacks will experience repeated attacks over the years. Some people who develop gout symptoms may never have them again, while others may experience them several times a year. If you have gout symptoms throughout the year, you may have recurrent gout. Those who have gout should also be careful of urate crystals collecting in their urinary tract, as this may lead to kidney stones.
A diagnosis for gout is completed by checking the level of uric acid in the joints and blood. Dr. Legel may also prescribe medicine to reduce uric acid buildup in the blood, which will help prevent future gout attacks.
To treat gout, Dr. Legel may also prescribe you anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs), which help relieve pain and swelling during a gout episode. NSAIDs can also shorten a gout attack. Maintaining a healthy diet is also a proven method to prevent gout attacks.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Legel is currently accepting new patients with gout and other foot/ankle conditions. To schedule your visit, please call our Dallas clinic at (214) 366-4600. You may also us our online contact form located at the top of this page.