Treatment Options for Gout
Diehard hoops fans in our community will likely be willing to make the 3 ½-hour trip down to Houston to watch the Final Four or Championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball tournament. If you don’t have quite as much interest, but still want to enjoy all of the “madness” the tournament brings in March, there are many sports bars and other establishments in downtown Dallas where you can watch the games.
Wherever you go to follow your favorite teams or keep track of your office pool brackets, keep your mind on dietary choices if you have gout. This is just one of the prevention and treatment options for gout, but it is an important one.
This particular arthritic condition develops from—and is exacerbated by—a byproduct of digestion known as uric acid. Dietary choices are important because some foods and beverages are more conducive to the production of uric acid than others. These foods and drinks are known as purines, and limiting or cutting them completely out of the diet plays a role in treating a gouty condition. (Unfortunately, many foods and beverages at March Madness parties fall into the “purines” category, but we can recommend safe alternatives for you.)
Along with dietary restrictions, other home treatment options for gout include losing weight and exercising regularly. Weight loss (when not done too rapidly) can help to reduce the risk of gout and keep painful symptoms at bay.
Professional treatment options we may prescribe include medication that either treats gout attacks or prevents complications from the condition. Treating and preventing acute attacks can be performed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, or corticosteroids. Options like xanthine oxidase inhibitors and probenecid can help to prevent complications.
There are measures that you can take at home to help with a gouty condition, but some cases will require professional gout treatment. If you are finding that dietary and lifestyle changes are not stopping the flares of big toe pain, visit us at Dallas Podiatry Works. We will evaluate your condition and create a treatment plan that works for you. Contact us by calling (888) 716-5283, or request an appointment for either of our two offices (Plano and Dallas, TX) online today.
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