Posts for tag: Gout
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, as we progress into the month of May, our commitment to Arthritis Awareness increases steadily. No amount of emphasis on joint protection is enough to capture the importance of the 33 joints that comprise each one of our feet!
With age, the cartilage in these joints can diminish, causing friction between the joints leading to inflammation, pain, and possibly irreparable damage.
Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to your foot joints. Here are the three most common risks that they face:
What can you do to care for your joints?
- Indulge in light but regular physical activity. Exercise flexes the muscles and makes them strong, which ultimately protects the joints from injuries.
- Warming up before exercising is crucial to prevent your muscles and joints from long-term damage.
- Excess body weight is harmful to the joints as it exerts extra pressure on the feet. Maintaining or reducing weight to a healthy level is essential for joint protection.
- Your selection of food also affects your weight and the health of your joints. Certain foods like berries, nuts, and leafy vegetables have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints, making their consumption beneficial. Moreover, avoiding sugary and oily foods is good for your overall health and body weight.
- Wear protective gear like ankle braces, knee pads and the like when taking part in sports. Avoiding joint injuries right from the start goes a long way against fighting arthritis and similar diseases.
If you are experiencing any joint pain or have suffered an injury, visit our podiatrists at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537. Please call us and schedule an appointment without any delay. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto will thoroughly examine your feet and carry out the required treatment accordingly. Be assured that your feet are safe in our hands!
In an earlier article, I talked about gout and what it is. Sometimes gout can be recurrent. In this case, doctors tend to prescribe certain medications to help prevent future gout attacks. Do you have symptoms that are common to gout? If you do, and have an examination with your podiatrist, he may then refer you to a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions (a rheumatologist).
In this case, it is smart to get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from the doctor. To prepare, you can:
- Note important personal information- like any recent changes or major stressors in your life.
- Write down your symptoms, including when they started and how often they occur.
- Take a family member or friend along… if possible, this is a good idea, as sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the information provided to you during an appointment. An extra set of ears is helpful to help remember the details!
- Make a list of your key medical info- include any other conditions for which you’re being treated, and any meds you’re taking; as well as any vitamins or supplements.
- Find out if gout runs in your family, and if anyone else tends to get gout in your immediate family.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor. Creating a list in advance, can help, as you are less likely to forget the things you wanted to ask, and this helps you make the most of your time with the doctor. Examples of pertinent questions are:
- What tests do you recommend?
- What are the possible causes of my symptoms or condition?
- Are there any treatments or lifestyle changes that might help my symptoms now?
- Do I need to see a different specialist?
- What are the possible side effects of the drugs you’re prescribing?
- How soon after beginning treatment can I expect my symptoms to start to improve?
- Will I need to take medications long term?
- Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?
- Do you recommend any changes to my diet?
- Do you recommend any websites I should check out for more info?
After your various visits with your podiatrist and rheumatologist, you will most likely receive a treatment plan, and have various tests. Hopefully, you will be well on the road to relieving your gout symptoms and will get a plan in place to try to prevent further gout attacks! If you need any further help, please call our office at either of our convenient Brooklyn locations. Dr. Joseph Stuto is here to help!
Well, Easter weekend has come and gone. Some of you have visited family, over indulging on the goodies the bunny delivered, while others may have stayed home. Hopefully nobody’s diet change was enough to set off the painful big toe sensation referred to as Gout.
Gout is actually very common, and is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, typically the joint at the base of the big toe. It can really put you out of commission! Gout is a complex form of arthritis, which can affect anyone, but men are more likely to get it. However, women do become more susceptible to it after they go through menopause.
An attack of gout can really come out of the blue. It can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire!! OUCH! The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of a sheet may seem intolerable. Not a fun way to be pulled out of happy dream land…
Luckily, gout is treatable, though. There are also some ways to reduce the risk of gout recurring. According to the Mayo Clinic, gout occurs when urate crystals accumulate in your joint, which happens when you have high levels of uric acid in your blood. Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines- substances that are found naturally in your body, as well as in certain foods, such as steak, organ meats and seafood. Other foods also promote higher levels of uric acid, such as alcoholic beverages, especially beer, and drinks sweetened with fruit sugar (fructose).
Some ways to avoid gout in the future is to reduce your consumption of these things afore-mentioned. You should also try to maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, your body produces more uric acid and your kidneys have a more difficult time eliminating it- which greatly increases your risk of gout. Certain diseases and conditions also make it more likely that you’ll develop gout.
- high blood pressure untreated
- metabolic syndrome
- heart disease
- kidney disease
If you experience sudden, intense pain in a joint, call your doctor! Gout that goes untreated can lead to worsening pain and joint damage. You should get to the doctor immediately if you have a fever and a joint is hot and inflamed, which can be a sign of infection. Call Dr. Joseph Stuto if you’re experiencing this, or any other foot or ankle issue that needs attention. Dr. Stuto has two convenient Brooklyn locations available for you to visit.