Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by an inflammation in your joints due to an accumulation of uric acid crystals. If gout affects the foot or ankle, it can be incredibly painful. Some female patients have described this pain as being “worse than childbirth.” Gout commonly affects men as well. Symptoms of a gout attack include severe and sudden pain, redness, and swelling in a joint or
joints. Fortunately, there are excellent treatment options available for gout that can allow us to dramatically decrease your pain immediately. If you’re concerned that you may be experiencing an attack of gout, give us a call for an appointment–often same day, as we do our best to accommodate patients who are in severe pain that same day, so that they don’t have to continue to suffer. You may reach us at 586-298-1585. It is also important to know that symptoms of infection can mimic those of gout, so it’s important to get the correct diagnosis for the problems you are experiencing. Please also know that any infection must be treated right away to help prevent it from become severe and causing major problems.