If you have been experiencing sudden an intense pain in your big toe, foot, or ankle which is accompanied by swelling, redness, or tenderness, you may be diagnosed with gout following a thorough examination at Ozark Foot & Ankle, PLC. As your premier gout doctor in Fayetteville, we will first assess your current physical condition in our office as well as conduct an in-depth consultation to correlate any existing symptoms with those typically associated with gout. This painful condition is attributed to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, which then forms hardened crystals in your joints, and can be the cause of your pain. Additionally, male patients who are currently taking some prescription medications including diuretics (water pills), are overweight, consume alcohol or eat too much protein such as meat or fish that contains high levels of purine are more prone to gout.
During your office visit with your gout doctor in Fayetteville at Ozark Foot & Ankle, PLC, we may also recommend a blood test to determine the levels of uric acid present in your system and potentially confirm your need for gout treatment. Once we have established the presence of gout, we will be able to compile an effective course of action which may include medication which can often alleviate your painful symptoms within the first day. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you need to fully understand your condition as well as our recommended treatment.
Since gout can be a recurring problem, our extensively experienced and highly trained gout doctor in Fayetteville at Ozark Foot & Ankle, PLC will also be able to quickly assess your condition during future appointments. It is not uncommon for the pain to recede for a time before again returning and requiring additional treatment. To begin your treatments for gout, we recommend contacting our friendly and knowledgeable professional team to schedule your initial appointment at your earliest convenience. We will also be happy to assist you by answering your new patient questions including additional podiatry services we offer and confirmation of our acceptance of your insurance plan.