Gout is the result of a build-up of uric acid in the blood. Small crystals may form, which collect in the joint causing irritation and inflammation, and which can be very painful and severe. Men tend to be affected more than women, and diet and lifestyle choices are to blame.
The main symptom of gout is waking up in the middle of the night with a throbbing pain in the big toe, which is swollen. The toe will also appear red, hot and be extremely painful to touch. The pain lasts for a few hours and usually subsides then doesn’t return for a few months.
Gout can be controlled and regulated with anti-inflammatory drugs, which your GP will be able to prescribe. These will alleviate the attack over 24 hours or so. While waiting for your medication to take effect, an immediate measure is to elevate your leg to help reduce swelling, and apply ice or cooling lotions.
Your podiatrist will also be able to help alleviate issues by adapting your existing footwear with orthotics, or padding to relieve pressure, reduce friction, and help redistribute pressure away from the affected parts. Footwear advise will also be given, as this can make a drastic difference. Any secondary problems like ulcers or corns can also be treated.
During these uncertain times we continue to monitor advice issued by Public Health England, and guidelines provided by The College of Podiatry. In the meantime, we are open for to all patients, by appointment only.
We will continue to maintain health & safety to the highest level, and are unable to offer walk-in services. Patients can find out more about the changes we have implemented on our website under ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Clinic Policy & Procedure’.
If you need to see a Podiatrist, please contact us and we will carry out a quick health check over the phone. We will provide up-to-date information on our website, by email and via our social media channels should the guidelines change again.
Appointments will only be offered to patients who we feel are no risk to others!
You can contact us by telephone on 0203 327 0194, or by email at email@example.com
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