Rocky Mountain Regenerative Medicine

Gout: Foot Pain with a Systemic Cause

by Colleen Grady •

January 27, 2023

What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. The most common joint affected is the big toe, but gout can also cause pain in the ankle, knee, foot, hand, wrist, and elbow. Symptoms of gout include sudden and severe pain, redness, warmth, and swelling in the affected joint, as well as stiffness and tenderness.

The sudden onset of severe pain, called a gout attack, can last for several days to a few weeks. Those that suffer from gout attacks complain of severe pain that affects overall joint function, decreased mobility, difficulty sleeping, and inability to participate in the activities they love.

What causes gout to occur?
There are several factors that can lead to the accumulation of the uric acid crystals and thus gout including: diet, alcohol, genetics, and certain medications.

How is gout diagnosed?
Essentially, gout is diagnosed based on the clinical symptoms and a blood test for uric acid level. This is enough in traditional medicine to diagnose, treat with medications, and suggest diet and lifestyle changes.

What are the treatments for Gout?
Treatment for gout includes pain management, and medication to reduce inflammation, and lifestyle changes to prevent future gout attacks. The traditional model for gout treatment focuses on the acute symptoms, often using steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and long-term treatment with Allopurinol to lower uric acid levels.

How does regenerative medicine treat gout?
The initial diagnosis and treatment is the same, but a deeper dive into your genetics, gut health, and systemic inflammation analysis is necessary. The combination of understanding the cause of a gout attack and the mechanisms of metabolism will lead to the best outcomes for health optimization. Our goal is to reduce and discontinue the need for medications by preventing the body from forming uric acid crystals in the first place.
There is also a role for biologic therapy when pain flares during an acute gout attack. Alpha 2 MacroGlobulin therapy, a biological treatment can quickly target inflammation and promote tissue repair.

RMRM’s regenerative interventions are minimally invasive with little to no down-time, and they are highly effective.

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