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Tips to Manage Your Gout and Prevent Flare-Ups

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If you’ve ever experienced a gout attack, you’ll know doubt agree—gout is one of the most painful and unwelcome forms of arthritis out there. While a flare-up in progress usually means several hours of severe discomfort—regardless of what you do to control it—the good news is that, compared to other conditions, you do have a fair amount of control over preventing future gout attacks and limiting their severity.

How to prevent gout flare-upsHere are a few tips:

  • Watch your diet. Food and drink high in purines, such as red meat, poultry, seafood, beer, and certain types of wheat are among those that should be avoided or limited. That’s because purines turn into uric acid, which forms the uric crystals that cause the attack.
  • During an attack, keep the joint elevated, undressed, and cool. Even the weight of a sock or bedsheet may be enough to cause significant pain on the tender, inflamed skin. Elevating and using an ice pack (or even a bag of frozen veggies) will help with the swelling.
  • A number of medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as naproxen or tougher drugs such as colchicine or corticosteroids, are available to help relieve pain and prevent future attacks. If you struggle with chronic flare-ups, we may also look at medicines that block uric acid production or improve your body’s filtering system to prevent further gout-related complications. We can help you find the right medication to help you manage your symptoms and prevent attacks with as few side effects as possible.

The intense pain of a flare-up should be all the motivation you need to seek help, but if not, we urge you to visit Family Foot and Ankle Center if you struggle with this debilitating condition. Gout damages your joints over time and can lead to further complications if not dealt with, so you don’t want to simply “bear it”—get checked out by one of our expert podiatrists today. To schedule an appointment at one of our six Greater Cincinnati locations, give us a call toll-free at 888-689-3317.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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