Gout Specialist Q & A
Gout can cause intense joint pain in the foot. Hicksville Podiatry can diagnose & provide gout treatment to help relieve the pain. Call us for more information or request an appointment online. We have 2 convenient locations near you. We servmepatients from Hicksville NY, West Hempstead NY, Jericho NY, New Cassel NY, Bethpage NY, Levittown NY, Plainview NY, Westbury NY, East Meadow NY and Syosset NY.
Gout is often termed the “disease of kings,” as it is often caused by diets that are fit for a king! However, gout does not make anyone feel powerful, but rather relatively powerless due to the extreme pain that is sure to keep you off your feet at all costs. Here at Hicksville Podiatry, we empathize with anyone experiencing the demoralizing pain of a gout attack and are proud to provide significant and enduring relief to you with our exceptional treatment options!
What is the best doctor to see for gout?
The best doctor to see for gout is either a podiatrist or a rheumatologist. Whereas a rheumatologist has special training in treating joint problems, podiatrists are experts in treating any condition that affects the foot, ankle, or lower legs. As such, when it comes to gout, you can’t go wrong with either choice, as both specialists provide a high level of knowledge expertise in treating gout.
Here at Hicksville Podiatry, Dr. Davinder Bhela is a board-certified podiatrist with plenty of experience, expertise, and skill in treating gout, as well as several other foot or ankle-related conditions! You can trust that he will explore every option available and do everything in his power to help you find quick and lasting relief from gout.
Can you permanently cure gout?
Unfortunately, there is currently no known remedy that can permanently cure gout. However, with the right treatment and dietary changes to manage hyperuricemia and lower serum uric acid (SUA), gout can be quickly treated with lasting results.
Gout treatment typically involves initially addressing the pain of the flare with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, or colchicine, which is an anti-inflammatory drug used to prevent gout attacks. Once the pain is managed, treatment shifts gears to focus on preventing future flare-ups. This stage of treatment could involve dietary, lifestyle, or medication changes. If you have chronic gout or frequent flare-ups, treatment may also include measures to prevent kidney stones or tophi from developing due to the high levels of uric acid in your bloodstream.
Although we cannot cure your gout at Hicksville Podiatry, we promise to reduce the frequency and pain of your gout attacks to a great extent so that you can concentrate on the finer things in life! Our board-certified podiatrists will provide fast, initial treatment to address the pain before providing you with expert medical advice and treatment to help prevent future gout attacks.
How painful is the gout?
When gout hits, the pain is often intense and all-consuming. Those who suffer a gout attack often experience a sudden and severe strike of burning pain, redness, swelling, and tenderness. With treatment, gout pain lasts for around three days on average but can last for two weeks if left untreated. As such, it is in your best interest to see a gout specialist as soon as gout affects you or you notice symptoms of gout. As if pain relief was not enough to convince you to see a doctor for a gout flare-up, leaving gout untreated also increases your chances of experiencing more frequent gout attacks in the future, which can cause even worse pain and possible joint damage. As such, we urge you to see a doctor as soon as possible if you have gout!
If you are dealing with a bout of gout, we welcome you to Hicksville Podiatry for fast and effective relief! Please feel free to schedule an appointment with us through our website or give us a call at one of our two locations. Hicksville Podiatry is located in Hicksville, NY, as well as West Hampstead, NY.