Gout Specialist

Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy

Rheumatology & Physical Therapy located in West Long Branch, NJ

Gout is an incredibly painful form of inflammatory arthritis that affects approximately 8 million people in the United States — six million men and two million women. Because gout comes and goes very quickly, it can be hard to pin down, which is where a rheumatologist comes in. At Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy, Kiren Sahni, DO, FACR, and the team have considerable experience diagnosing and treating gout, preventing attacks from striking in the first place. Call their offices in West Long Branch and Colonia, New Jersey, or schedule an appointment online today.

Gout Q&A

What is gout?

Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis that’s caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood. This buildup leads to the formation of sharp, needle-like crystals that get into your joints, causing severe pain.

Gout can generally be divided into the following stages:

  • Asymptomatic hyperuricemia – high uric acid levels, but the crystals haven’t formed yet
  • Acute gout, or an attack of gout – characterized by intense pain in your joints
  • Interval gout, or the period in between attacks
  • Chronic gout, which develops after years of high uric levels in your blood

What are the symptoms of gout?

As explained above, the first time you’re usually aware of your gout is when you have an attack. These attacks typically come on at night and bring with them extreme, sharp pain and inflammation of your affected joint. In most cases, this joint is at the base of your big toe and your first indication of an attack is a burning sensation in that area.

These attacks typically last no more than a few days, often leaving you with residual soreness and swelling.

What causes gout?

Gout is caused by a high level of uric acid in your blood, which can be brought about by several factors, such as:

  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol, especially beer, or sweetened drinks
  • Eating large amounts of red meat or fish
  • Obesity
  • Heredity

Men are also known to have naturally higher levels of uric acid, which can put them at a higher risk for gout.

How is gout treated?

If you’re experiencing an attack of gout, you should see the team at Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy. The first order of business is to alleviate the pain, which the team does by prescribing medications. You can do your part by drinking plenty of water and avoiding the foods and drinks listed in the previous question.

If your gout is chronic, the team at Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy may turn to:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Pain relievers
  • Corticosteroids for inflammation
  • Medications to block the production of uric acid
  • Medications that help your kidneys remove the uric acid

Through medications and infusion therapies, the providers at Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy are often able to relieve the inflammation and painful symptoms of gout.

To prevent further attacks of gout, call Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.