Gout strikes without warning and, for some reason, in the middle of the night -- an intense pain in a joint, most often the big toe, but sometimes other joints, including knees, ankles, elbows, thumbs, or fingers.
Attacks of gout can be unexpected and excruciatingly painful. With prompt treatment, the pain and inflammation usually disappear after a few days, but they may recur at any time. Gout is actually a form of arthritis. It is the body's reaction to irritating crystal deposits in the joints. The pain can be intense, but treatment usually works very well. Mild cases may be controlled by diet alone. Recurring attacks of gout may require long-term medication to prevent damage to bone and cartilage and deterioration of the kidneys.
Symptoms of Gout
It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:
- Bruising around infected joint.
- Decrease in range of motion in area of pain.
- Pain in the affected area.
Causes of Gout
Some causes of gout include:
- Being overweight.
- Having an unhealthy diet.
- High blood pressure.
- Excess alcohol intake.
Treatment of Gout
Gout can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:
- Medication (consult a doctor).
- Massage therapy.
- Chiropractic rehabilitation.
- Ice therapy.
- Heat therapy.
Prevention of Gout
Some preventative measures include:
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid alcohol.
If you experience gout and would like to take a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.