Holiday Foot Issues – Gout Attacks

With the holidays approaching, an increase in gout attacks and flare-ups is commonly seen. Celebrating can often involve an overindulgence in all things “yummy”, like red meats, seafood, and alcoholic beverages, especially beer. Gout is a very common form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It can occur suddenly, with severe pain, redness, swelling, and hot tender joints, especially at the big toe joint. Sometimes, even the weight of a bedsheet may seem unbearable.

Eating a diet high in red meats, seafood, and beer or wine, can make one more susceptible to a gout attack due to an increase in uric acid. Gout attacks can be easily managed, but it is important to see a doctor, as untreated flare-ups can lead to worsening pain and joint damage. Our skilled physicians at Ocean County Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates will evaluate your foot pain and work with you on a pathway to treatment that will not only alleviate your pain but may also prevent future gout attacks.

Gout attacks require prompt evaluation and management. If you are experiencing issues with your feet, call our office to make an appointment at one of our six convenient locations and continue to enjoy the holiday season pain-free! Call 732.838.FEET (3338)