What is Gout?

Gout is known as an inherited disorder. Gout is associated with high uric acid levels. The uric acid causes the blood to crystallize, and the resulting factor is swelling of the joints.  Gout can affect the hands, arms, legs, and feet. Gout is a painful condition and can be disabling.

What are the different types of treatment?

• Dietary changes may help reduce the risk of a gout attack. Avoid foods with high purine levels, as they contributed to higher uric acid levels. Try cutting down on red meats and avoid fish with high purine levels like shellfish. We advise consulting a doctor before you make any dietary changes. 

• Medication prescribed by a doctor is an option to treat gout. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation to see what treatment would best apply to you. David C. Scherer, D.PM., P.A. offers various options to help control the onset of gout and prevent gout attacks. Contact us at (954) 776-0000. 

What are the symptoms?

A gout attack can occur suddenly. You may notice stiffness or a lump at the joints. Gout may also cause the joints to look deformed as a result of the excessive swelling. A gout attack can last a few hours or even a few weeks if not treated by a medical professional. 

Who is affected by Gout?

Gout affects a large percentage of the world population. Gout occurs mainly in men, but a woman may also develop Gout. Again, this is an inherited disorder. High-risk factors include but are not limited to: family history, a person’s weight, sex, age, dietary habits, or medical history.