Gout most commonly affects the big toe joint, and may cause severe pain and inflammation in acute presentations, or result in the development of hard tophi deposits within the joint in those that have repeated attacks. Acute gout is managed through prescription anti-inflammatories, icing, rest, and sometimes cortisone injections.
Our practitioners can assist in resolving an acute episode of gout, and may refer you for blood tests also if required. In patients who suffer from repeated gout attacks and have tophi deposits within their joint, surgery can be performed to excise the deposits and reduce the risk of further joint damage. This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia within a hospital and requires patients to rest and elevate their feet after surgery to allow inflammation to resolve. The long-term outcomes of this procedure are reasonably good on the whole, but patients may still need to continue on anti-gout medications and make dietary changes to help reduce the risk of recurrent acute episodes.
This website is intended for general information purposes only. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. For more information, follow the link to make an appointment to see our specialist podiatric surgeons Dr. Andrew Knox & Dr Burke Hugo.