Katy Rheumatology & Associates
Rheumatology & Sports Medicine located in Katy, TX
A type of inflammatory arthritis, gout is a condition that can cause substantial pain. Padma Chimata, MD, of Katy Rheumatology & Associates in Katy, Texas, has the skills and experience needed to diagnose and treat gout. Don’t accept joint pain as inevitable when there are treatments that can help. Online scheduling is available, or you’re also welcome to call and speak with an administrative professional regarding appointment availability.
Gout Q & A
What is gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis that is both common and complex. Symptoms usually only affect one joint at a time and can come on very quickly.
Gout is caused by a condition called hyperuricemia, which occurs when you have excess uric acid levels in your body. Uric acid is created when you break down purines, but when the levels build up, they gather into crystals that circulate in your body’s tissues.
What are the known risk factors for gout?
Some people develop hyperuricemia and don’t experience gout, in which case there’s no need for treatment. The following are known to increase your risk of gout:
- Poor kidney function
- Congestive heart failure
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic syndrome
- High alcohol consumption
- Certain medications
Eating a diet high in purines can also increase your risk of gout. These foods include red meat, shellfish, beer, anchovies, trout, and drinks flavored with fruit sugars.
How do I know if I have gout?
Severe joint pain is the most common sign of gout. The base of your big toe joint is usually the site, but gout can also develop in your knees, elbows, wrists, fingers, and ankles.
Gout pain often comes on suddenly and lingers for days or even weeks. You might also experience redness or inflammation in the joint or a limited range of motion.
If you notice these changes, be sure to visit Katy Rheumatology & Associates for a diagnostic work-up. Left untreated, gout can develop into serious health issues like kidney stones or advanced gout, a condition where uric acid crystals accumulate into hard nodules beneath the surface of your skin.
What kinds of treatments can help with gout?
Medications might play a role in your treatment plan. Some drugs work to reduce swelling and manage pain, while others prevent gout flare-ups by lowering uric acid production or assisting your body in removing excess uric acid.
Making a few lifestyle changes can go a long way toward reducing your risk of developing gout. If you routinely consume food or beverages with high levels of purines, changing your diet can be helpful. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is also a great way to avoid gout.
A joint fluid test is a standard diagnostic tool for gout, as well as blood testing and X-ray imaging. If you suspect you have an inflammatory joint condition, call the office today to book a visit, or schedule online in just moments.