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Gout Overview

Gout is the result of a build-up of uric acid in the blood. Small crystals form, which collect in the joint causing irritation and inflammation, and can be very painful. Men tend to be affected more than women, and diet and lifestyle choices are to blame.

Gout Symptoms

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 Treatments

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.

However, for many patients, the above condition can leave them crippled and unable to carry out daily activities. It is not always best to rely on pain medications, due to their side effects. Furthermore, long-term pain relieving medication only helps to deal with the symptoms, and not the underlying cause of the pain / condition. MLS Class IV Laser Therapy reduces pain because it addresses the cause of that pain, whether this is by healing, repair or regeneration. Pain relief can often be felt after the first session. Laser therapy is completely safe, as well as non-invasive and painless.

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Laser Therapy for Healing of Wounds after Nail Surgery

At Podiatry Station we strive to remain ahead of our competitors, by offering our patients the latest treatment options with the use of modern technology. Laser Therapy is used for a number of conditions, including speeding up the healing of wounds. Add this to your Nail Surgery package for quicker recovery, and less downtime!

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