Gouty arthritis affects joints around the limbs, including our ankles. The issue occurs after uric acid accumulates in our joints and muscles in crystal form, thus triggering inflammation. Keep reading for more information regarding gout in ankle.
Inflammation in our joints and the tissues around them cause gout attacks. More specifically, it causes the surrounding area to be warm, the affected body area to be tender, as well as serious and intense pain.
Usually, gout only affects the giant toe, but the issue is also likely to impact other joints, like those in our ankles. It typically impacts joints individually, not collectively. That said, it is also likely to affect more than one joint and soft tissue in the event of gout flares becoming worse in frequency and/or intensity.
Gout tends to make symptoms appear and disappear in times of remission and flares. Gout symptoms ankle-based can last 3 to 10 days. Almost everyone often experiences further flares in 1 or 2 years after the first flare.
Do you experience an excessively high level of uric acid for such a long time? If yes, there may be deposits resembling chalk around the impacted joints and tissues, making visible lumps. Those issues in chronic gout may lead to permanent damage of the joint and disability, as well.
An arthritis doctor/rheumatologist is the one who usually diagnoses gout. To do it, they will look at the affected areas of the person, as well as will ask questions regarding their symptoms, family history, and medical history. The professional may also do a test to verify the levels of uric acid in the person’s blood during episodes and from one episode to the next.
The professional may also do a procedure called synovial fluid analysis, where they will take fluid samples from the affected joints to look for infection signs, leukocytes, and acid crystals.
During your gout flare, you may try many easily available remedies to ease the pain associated with gouty arthritis. Those remedies include the following.
- OTA medication, such as ibuprofen
- Anti-inflammatory prescription drugs, like NSAIDs, colchicine, prednisone, or corticosteroids
- Applying ice covered in a towel or piece of clothing many times daily
- Elevating the impacted joint many times a day
- Managing or lessening stress
- Resting the affected joint part
- Remaining hydrated, without consuming alcohol or sweet drinks