Gout

What is Gout?

Gout is an inherited disorder where high uric acid levels are found in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes and causes swelling of the joints. Gout can affect the hands, arms, legs, and feet. This is a very painful condition and can be disabling.

What are the different types of treatment?

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

 • Gout may be controlled with medication prescribed by a doctor. 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. offer varies treatments to help control the onset of gout and prevent gout attacks. Contact us at (954) 776-0000. 

What are the symptoms?

The joints will feel hot, swollen, and very painful. A gout attack can occur suddenly and is often times disabling. You may notice stiffness and/or lumps 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. Most often Gout occurs in men but a woman may also develop Gout. Again, this is an inherited disorder. High-risk factors include but are not limited family history, a person’s weight, sex, age, dietary habits, and/or medical history.