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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Gout: An Unwelcome Holiday Guest | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Gout: An Unwelcome Holiday Guest
 

Perhaps you have experienced the following scenario: a lovely holiday celebration with family and friends and lots of rich and delicious food. It’s a wonderful day but it ends up being followed by a night of excruciating pain in your foot when you are woken up by an attack of gout. This is a situation we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists hear fairly frequently during the holiday season.

Gout is an arthritic condition that occurs when uric acid builds up in a joint and crystallizes. Gout most commonly affects the big toe but can also occur in the ankle or other joints. Since uric acid crystallizes more easily in colder temperatures, your foot, being farthest from your heart, is the more susceptible to this condition than other parts of your body.

The Feasting Connection

There are several factors that increase your risk of getting gout including genetics, obesity, stress, certain diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, surgery, chemotherapy and also some medications and vitamins. Your diet can be a prime trigger for a gout attack. Foods high in a chemical known as purines tend to increase uric acid in your body. These include red meat, shellfish, red wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages—all items that frequently are part of holiday menus.

Getting Relief

If you believe you are experiencing gout, our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel, will want to examine the affected joint and possibly order laboratory tests and an x-ray. In addition, the foot doctor will get a complete medical history and ask questions about your recent diet.

Symptoms of a gout attack can last from 3 to 10 days. In addition to avoiding trigger foods, the podiatrist may prescribe one or more of the following treatment methods:

  • Medication—oral drugs or injections may be used to decrease pain, inflammation and swelling
  • Increase fluids—drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic fluids can help flush your body
  • Immobilization—staying of the affected foot is recommended, which many patients do automatically because it is too painful to walk on it
  • Elevation—keeping the foot at or slightly above the level of your heart will reduce swelling

Gout attacks can recur and may require maintenance medication. To learn more, contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Gout: An Unwelcome Holiday Guest, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen