Gout

Neuhaus Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located in Smyrna, TN

A gout flare-up often comes with no warning, and when it hits, you need fast and effective relief. The expert team of podiatrists at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle have more than 50 years of combined experience in providing comprehensive gout treatment, so you can get back on your feet. Whether you’re in the middle of a gout attack, or if you regularly experience gout, book an evaluation at the Hermitage, Brentwood, Nashville, Mount Juliet, Waverly, Smyrna, Murfreesboro or Lebanon, Tennessee, clinic location. Schedule online or call your closest office directly.

Gout Treatment Q&A

Why do I have gout?

Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in your joints and forms small, jagged crystals. As you can imagine, anytime abnormal crystals are floating around in your joints, you’re going to experience extreme pain, throbbing, and inflammation.


Uric acid is a byproduct of purine digestion. Purines are found in alcoholic beverages, red meats, and seafood, among other items. Usually, when your body produces uric acid, your system simply flushes it away. But uric acid can also build up if you have a diet rich in high-purine foods, if your kidneys can’t flush uric acid away fast enough, or if your body produces high levels of uric acid.


While gout can technically affect any of your joints, it’s most common in your feet and ankles because uric acid is sensitive to cooler temperatures. Since your toes are the furthest point from your heart and blood circulation is limited, gout tends to affect these joints most commonly.

What is the treatment for gout?

Your gout treatment at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle begins with helping you get through the discomfort and inflammation you’re currently experiencing. Gout treatment can involve:


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Uric acid-removing or blocking medications
  • Pain relievers designed for gout
  • Corticosteroid pills or injections


Once your dedicated podiatrist treats your flare-up, they can teach you how to make lifestyle changes to prevent future gout issues.

How do I prevent gout?

The top-rated podiatrists at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle get to know all about you, your diet, and your personal medical history in order to target changes you can make to lower your risk of continuing gout flare-ups. You can prevent future gout issues by:


  • Losing weight
  • Drinking more water
  • Exercising regularly
  • Avoiding fruit sugar drinks, like juice
  • Limiting alcohol, especially beer


Learning which foods you should eat and which foods you need to avoid are important when you have a history of gout. The podiatrists at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle understand how overwhelming it can be to learn about the gout diet. They spend time counseling you on the food you need to avoid — including organ meats and shellfish — and helping you find food you like that can decrease issues with gout inflammation.

Get relief from gout by scheduling your exam at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle right away. Book your appointment online or call your most convenient office.