Gout is a form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Gout attacks are characterized by swelling, tenderness, and severe pain in a joint, often the big toe. Obesity and overindulgence in alcohol are linked to gout and it is more common in men. If untreated, gout will progress to affect multiple joints with a painful, destructive arthritis.
Acute gout attacks can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications or steroids and usually resolve quickly. In cases of chronic gout or recurrent attacks, medication must be used to lower the blood uric acid level. Fortunately, new therapies have become available and most patients with gout do very well. It is also important to manage a healthy weight, limit seafood, meat, and alcohol intake, and stay hydrated to prevent this condition.
If you are suffering from gout, contact Triangle Orthopaedics today to make an appointment with one of our rheumatologists to discuss the best treatment option.
In addition to standard care, we have an active clinical research program including clinical trials of new medications under study for rheumatic diseases. We have participated in clinical trials of most of the rheumatoid arthritis medications that have become available over the past 20 years including Enbrel, Humira, Orencia, Rituxan, Kineret, Actemra, and Cimzia as well as the major anti-inflammatory medications. We have also collaborated with researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina's Thurston Arthritis Research Center. In our opinion, the availability of clinical trials is a major resource for our patients allowing them access to cutting edge therapies when established medications are not satisfactory. Our participation also keeps us at the forefront of the newest advances in rheumatology. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact us.
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