Your knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles are joints that are susceptible to injury, damage and pain. Pain from these joints usually stems from the damage of ligaments, tendons, cartilage bursae and/or conjoining bones. Although joint pain is not usually a critical condition, it can severely limit a sufferer from mobility and performing daily tasks and activities. Joints allow our limbs and extremities to move freely, so it can be frustrating when those movements are restrained by pain. One of the most common joint pain causes is gout.

What is gout?

Gout is a complex form of arthritis. People with gout suffer from sudden and severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness. Often, this pain is concentrated at the joint at the base of the big toe. The joint becomes so hot and tender that even the lightest touches can seem unbearable. Men are more likely than woman to be affected by gout. If left untreated, gout can lead to even worse pain and joint damage.

Symptoms of Gout

Extreme Joint Pain: While gout most commonly affects the joints in your big toe, it can also affect your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. If you are experiencing extreme pain in any of these areas, it may be gout. Pain is typically more intense at the start of an attack.

Prolonged Discomfort: Once the initial attack has subsided, pain can linger in your joints for several days or weeks. Gout can also gain momentum and affect other areas of your body for longer periods of time after the first incidence.

Inflammation and Redness: When suffering from gout, you may visibly see the joints become swollen, warm, red and tender. If you also experience a fever, make sure to call your doctor immediately as this could be a sign of infection.

Limited Range of Motion: The longer the pain lasts, the more mobility your joints may lose.

If your joint pain won’t fade, your health care provider may have recommended surgery to reverse the damage. However, there is no reason to resort to that choice before you at least try our non-operative treatments. We have helped many patients throughout North America avoid surgery that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy.

If you are experiencing sudden intense joint pain, we may have a solution for you. Give Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics a call today! 806-350-BONE(2663)