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Medicines That Help Prevent Gout

Gout, a form of arthritis, is characterized by painful joint swelling due to a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often affects the big toe as well as other joints. Failing to address gout can lead to lasting joint damage. Treatment for gout involves lifestyle adjustments, including alcohol avoidance and weight management, along with medication. During acute attacks, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, can alleviate pain and swelling, though they don't impact uric acid levels. Corticosteroids, taken orally or injected into affected joints, also offer relief. Colchicine, an alternative to NSAIDs, lessens inflammation if taken early. To prevent future gout occurrences, medications are used to lower uric acid levels in the body. Xanthine oxidase inhibitors limit uric acid production, while uricosuric medicines increase its elimination via urine. It is important to be aware of the adverse effects of any medication. For help with the management of gout, it is suggested that you keep in communication with a podiatrist, who is specifically trained to deal with such problems. 

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Garnet & Carbonell, DPM, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Palmetto Bay, South Miami, and Homestead, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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