Here at the office of Dr. Robert L. Potempa, DPM, one of the most common problems that our foot specialist in Chicago treats patients for is gout. Gout is a metabolic disease in which a blood chemical called uric acid begins to elevate, and as a result crystals form and deposit in a joint. It most often occurs in the big toe joint, and it is usually quite a painful process. Gout usually presents itself quite quickly. Sometimes patients experience symptoms overnight. Some symptoms commonly associated with gout include: extreme pain, redness, swelling, and inability to move normally because of the symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of gout, you should schedule an appointment with our foot specialist in Chicago as soon as possible so that we can get you the relief you need. Gout can occur for a number of reasons. It is often the result of heredity, so if you have a family history of gout you should be extra aware of any developing symptoms associated with the condition. You are also at an increased risk of developing gout if you consume large amounts of alcohol, and/or eat foods that are high in uric acid often. Acute attacks of gout that are not treated professionally can last for weeks at a time. However, the good news is if you seek treatment from our foot specialist in Chicago at the onset of an attack of gout, in many cases the flare up can be limited to just a few short days. Professional care that our foot specialist in Chicago provides for patients with gout includes: the use of oral and injected medications, supportive dressings, and special shoes.
If you would like to learn more about how our foot specialist in Chicago can be of service to you, we highly recommend that you visit Dr. Robert L. Potempa’s main website, where you can read on in further detail about all of the services we have to offer. If you have any specific questions or concerns that you would like addressed in further depth, we hope you will not hesitate to contact the staff here directly. You can reach us by giving us a call at the office, or by sending us a message online.