Do you know what arthritis is? If you are like most people, you are probably thinking that this is a condition of stiff, painful joints that older people experience as the result of wear-and-tear on the body. This is certainly true…but only in certain cases. Arthritis is actually a “catch all” term used for over one-hundred specific conditions that lead to inflammation in a joint. One of these arthritic conditions is known as gout, and it is definitely not caused by wear-and-tear over time.
This particular type of arthritis is actually caused by an accumulation of uric acid in the blood. This acid is a byproduct of food breakdown and is normally expelled during urination. When the kidneys do not properly excrete this byproduct, or too much of it is produced in the first place, it settles into the joints. Over time, urate crystals form in them and can cause irritation to the soft tissue that surrounds them.
Most often, the acid buildup and crystallization happens in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint of the big toe. The MTP joint is where the toe connects to the foot and, especially in the case of the big toe, is essential for the final push that happens during your steps. Individuals who develop this disease recognize it through intense pain that happens periodically (gout flares), lingering discomfort, inflammation, redness, and limited range of motion.
Uric acid is produced during the breakdown of many foods, but ones that lead to higher levels of the byproduct are those containing purines. These include seafood, red meat, organ meats, refined carbohydrates, fructose, and alcoholic drinks (especially beer). Limiting or avoiding these is a key component to managing the condition.
Gout flares can be quite painful, but you can find effective treatment for the arthritic condition here at Dallas Podiatry Works. Our doctors and medical staff are skilled and experienced at providing care for a wide array of foot and ankle conditions, including the various forms of arthritis.
Contact us for more information by calling 972.853.7100. We will be glad to answer any questions you might have and help you arrange a visit at either our Dallas or Plano, TX offices. You can also schedule your appointment online today.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.