Dr. Kevin Lam* Dr. Wesley Drew Chapman * Dr. Isin Mustafa   

Dr. Patrick Bartholomew * Dr. Lauren Pelucacci * Dr. Sahiba Singh  

Dr. Joseph Altepeter * Dr. Lori DeBlasi   *  Dr. Robert Bello

Treatment of Chronic Gout

Gout causes pain in swelling in one or more joints, more commonly the big toe. It is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is caused by buildup of uric acid.

People are more likely to get gout if they have diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, kidney disease, obesity, and family history of gout. Other risk factors include a diet high in animal proteins, and on diuretics.

Gout attacks can happen frequently or may take years between episodes. These can happen over and over again in the same joint or in different joints.

There are different types of medications available for gout. For instance, NSAIDs are used to reduce pain and swelling, as well corticosteroids and colchicine. Some medications lower the level of uric acid in the body to prevent episodes of gout such as allopurinol. It is important to note that if gout is not treated, attacks may become more frequent and last longer.

Untreated gout can lead to permanent damage. Over time, uric acid builds up in the joints and soft tissue called tophi. You may also develop other health issues such as kidney stones, heart disease, and severe arthritis.

When gout continues to flare up even though you are taking anti-inflammatories to treat flare symptoms and a daily oral medication to lower your uric acid levels, this is a sign that your gout is chronic and out of control. 

If you have gout that does not respond to the usual medications, see us today for evaluation. 

Gout pain?

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CHD, coronary heart disease; PAD, peripheral arterial disease; PVD, peripheral vascular disease; sUA, serum uric acid
Negative effects of gout on the heart, kidneys, joints
Some people may experience recurrent gout. If left untreated, there can be deposits of urate crystals under the skin nodules called tophi, commonly found in the fingers, hands, feet, Achilles tendon, and the backs of the ankles. Urate crystals may also collect in the urinary tract of people with gout, eventually causing kidney stones. 
People with gout have also been found to have higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Hyperuricemia is associated with endothelial dysfunction, which may contribute to risk of heart disease. 

 The Arthritis Foundation reported that well over half - around 60 percent - of patients will experience a second round of gout within 12 months, while a vast majority of patients - nearly 85 percent - will complain of the condition again in the ensuing three year period after their first attack. 
9 convenient locations throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota Counties

We have 9 convenient locations throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota Counties

FFLC Naples
730 Goodlette Rd, Suite 102 Naples, FL 34102

FFLC North Naples
840 111th Avenue, Suite 3
Naples, FL 34108

FFLC Estero
21401 Corkscrew Village Lane, Suite 4

FFLC Cape coral
530 S.E. 16th Place, Suite A
Cape coral, FL 33990

FFLC East Naples / Marco Island

12250 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 101

FFLC Ft. Myers @ International Blvd
6846 International Center Blvd.
Suite B

FFLC @ Colonial Blvd
1645 Colonial Blvd
 Fort Myers, FL 33907

FFLC Port Charlotte
3161 Harbor Blvd, Suite B
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

FFLC Port Charlotte
Call Today: 239 430 3668 (FOOT)
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