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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting more than 8 million Americans each year. Primary symptoms include debilitating pain, reddening, and swelling of the joints—particularly the big toes. One sufferer said it felt like his right big toe “was being skewered by a pitchfork”—shiny, bright red, and “agonizing to touch.”
The ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows, and feet may also exhibit painful inflammation. This reaction occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body. The body produces uric acid to break down purines found in all food. If the kidneys do not process uric acid effectively, purine forms crystals in the joints. An acute gout attack can last anywhere from three to 10 days if untreated.
No one really knows what causes the kidneys to have difficulty processing uric acid, but we find that many of our patients are asking: Does red wine cause gout?
The NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine treat every condition affecting the foot and ankle one could think of, but few are as unendurable as an acute gout attack. Gout is a type of arthritis and a chronic disease that can cause serious damage if it’s not diagnosed and treated as such. Uric acid crystals can form in other organs outside of the toe joint, causing a range of serious health issues. Gout complications include: joint destruction and deformity; kidney stones and kidney disease; heart disease; dry eyes and cataracts; and diminished lung capacity. Our gout treatment is comprehensive — involving not only short-term and long-term pharmacological treatment, but also dietary and lifestyle recommendations. Yet, all this is only possible with an effective diagnosis obtained from your local NY podiatrist.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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Manhattan Orthopedic and Sports Medicine 57 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 (212) 996-1900 See map here
Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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