There are numerous forms of arthritis, including gout. Gout is different than the others because it isn’t caused by “wear and tear” (like osteoarthritis) or an autoimmune disorder (like rheumatoid arthritis). Instead, it is, in part, the result of dietary choices. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of gout will help you understand if this is the condition you are experiencing. Then you can make an appointment with one our doctors to receive the treatment you need.
The symptoms of gout include:
- Intense joint pain. Gout typically affects the joint at the base of your big toe, but it can also develop in other areas. The pain is usually most severe during the first four to twelve hours once symptoms start.
- Inflammation and redness. Affected joints become swollen, tender, warm and red.
- Limited range of motion. Decreased joint mobility often occurs as gout progresses.
- Lingering discomfort. After the most severe pain subsides, you may experience some joint discomfort for a couple of days and up to a few weeks. Later attacks are prone to lasting longer and affecting additional joints.
If you have any of these symptoms, give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) and one of our staff members can help you arrange a visit to any of our five Florida offices – Orlando, Tavares, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Altamonte Springs. If it’s easier for you, request your appointment online right now.