Do You Have Gout?
By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
August 07, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Gout  

How your doctors in Saint Thomas and St. Croix can help with painful gout symptoms

Are you suffering pain in your feet and toes that never seem to go away? You could have gout, an inflammatory condition that can cause pain in your joints. The good news is that your doctor can help. Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan are the doctors at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, offering a wide variety of medical services, including treatment for inflammatory conditions like gout. They have two convenient office locations in Saint Thomas and St. Croix to help you feel better.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause severe pain. It also may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and a feeling of heat in the joint. Typically, it affects one joint at a time, and the big toe joint is a common starting point. You may also have gout in your other toes, your ankles, or your knees. Gout can flare up, causing intense pain, and then go into remission. The period of remission can last for weeks, months, or even years before another flare-up happens.

You may be at higher risk of developing gout if you are male, are obese, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Some medical conditions increase your risk of developing gout including diabetes, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure.

Relieving a Gout Flare-Up

There are a few things you can do which may reduce gout flare-ups. You can try:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Limiting the amount of red meat you eat

Your St. Thomas and St. Croix doctor may also recommend effective treatment strategies, which include:

  • Taking prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
  • Taking uric acid lowering medications
  • Increasing low impact exercises and activities
  • Losing weight to reduce joint stress

If you think you might be suffering from gout, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan can help you feel better. To find out more about causes, symptoms, and treatment of gout and other medical conditions, call the doctors at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists. You can reach them in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845 or at their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. Call today!