Get Familiar with the Signs of Gout

It’s not uncommon for a patient to come into My Chicago Foot Expert’s Ravenswood office and find themselves shocked to discover that they have gout. They’re often surprised because they think of gout as an “old-fashioned” disease, but the fact is it’s still very active in modern times.

Men and women can get gout, although it is more common among men. People who are overweight or obese are at particular risk, as are those with a family history of the disease.

Gout is an inflammatory joint disease in the same category of ailments as arthritis. A gout attack occurs when jagged crystals of uric acid build up in the bloodstream and settle in the joints, particularly in the big toe. Gout attacks often occur during sleep and after a big night out involving the overconsumption of red meats, shellfish, rich gravies, and beer, wine, or alcohol. A gout attack is usually painful. The discomfort suffered in a gout attack might be accompanied by redness, swelling, or limited range of motion.

Are you experiencing discomfort, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? With years of specialized training and experience, an expert podiatrist like Cook County doctor Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Your foot doctor will conduct a thorough examination, provide an accurate and specific diagnosis, then work with you to create an individualized and effective treatment for gout or any other illness of this part of your body. Fortunately, most treatments for gout – over-the-counter or prescription medication, physical therapy, changes to diet and lifestyle, etc. – are non-invasive. Rarely is surgery indicated for gout.

Schedule a convenient visit to our modern, comfortable office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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