Gout is a type of arthritis that is triggered when too much uric acid is present in the bloodstream. Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down certain foods and beverages, such as red meat, fish, and beer. When too much uric acid exists, it can crystallize in your joints and cause sudden severe pain, stiffness, and swelling. Men are more prone to gout and often experience symptoms in a big toe, knee or ankle.
Gout flare-ups can be significantly reduced with proper treatment. Our team of experienced rheumatology experts will develop a treatment plan to help you avoid painful attacks that can cause further damage to joints, tendons, and other tissues.
Our physicians may need to prescribe a medication to reduce pain and swelling or lower uric acid levels. They may also talk to you about staying hydrated, limiting alcoholic drinks and beverages sweetened with fructose, and avoiding foods that are high in purines. Doing these little things can go a long way toward preventing a gout flare-up.