Ankle and Foot Gout Treatment
Cold Therapy Treatment For Gout in Feet and Ankles
Gout is an often-painful affliction that can cause recurrent attacks of arthritis when gone without treatment. Gout generally occurs at the metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe, causing a red, swollen joint. This can also be accompanied by a throbbing sensation that leaves the toe both tender and hot. Though it is most prevalent in the big toe, gout can also be found in other joints such as heels, knees, wrists and fingers. The AnkleAid ice bath offers relief and treatment for gout pain in feet and ankles.
What Causes Gout
Gout is caused by an elevation of the level of uric acid in the blood, which crystalizes and leaves crystal deposit in the joints and tendons. The rise in uric acid can be caused by factors such as diet, genetic predisposition, or failure to properly excrete the salts of uric acid. Diets rich in alcohol, high-fructose, meat, and seafood have a strong association with some gout cases, which is often why gout was referred to as “rich man’s disease.”
The most common sign of gout is a recurrence of acute inflammatory arthritis attacks. These attacks create a visible redness on the foot. Other symptoms can include joint pain, fever and fatigue.
Because inflammatory arthritis is the leading symptom of gout, it’s important to prevent these recurring attacks from happening. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often the first treatment for occurrences of gout. These treatments can improve the condition within hours.
It is also recommended that you incorporate cryo / cold therapy into your treatment, such as the AnkleAid ice therapy ankle and footbath. Cold therapy can help deal with the pain and irritation caused by gout. Generally, 20-30 minutes of cold therapy several times a day can reduce symptoms and make them much more tolerable to deal with.