Gout

Gout services offered in Sugar Land and Katy, TX

Gout is a painful type of arthritis that affects more than eight million people in the United States. Though there’s no cure for gout, there are effective treatments that can minimize the painful joint flare-ups. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, the team of podiatrists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gout. For comprehensive care for your gout from an experienced team, contact the office most convenient to you by phone or book an appointment online today.

What is gout?

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that results from excessive uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a substance created by your body from the breakdown of purines. Your kidneys remove uric acid from your blood and excrete it through your urine. However, if your body produces too much uric acid or your kidneys can’t excrete it fast enough, levels buildup in your blood. The uric acid then turns into needle-like urate crystals, which settle in your joints and cause swelling, redness, and pain. Though the urate crystals may settle in any joint in your body, gout most often affects the joint at the base of your big toe. However, the arthritis may also affect other toe joints, your ankle, or knees. You may also develop gouty tophi, deposits of crystallized uric acid under your skin that appear as moveable lumps that may grow larger over time. You may be at risk of developing gout if it runs in your family, or you have a personal history of diabetes or high blood pressure.

What are gout symptoms?

Gout tends to develop suddenly and may last days or weeks. With a gout flare-up, you may experience:
  • Severe, intense joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • A decrease in joint mobility
Gout pain is most severe during the first 12 hours of an attack. But you may continue to experience joint discomfort for a few days or a few weeks. Gout usually only affects one joint at a time.

How is gout diagnosed?

When you visit Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialist with complaints of severe toe joint pain, a podiatrist conducts a thorough history and physical to determine the right diagnosis. During the exam, your podiatrist reviews your symptoms, personal medical and family history, types of medications and supplements you take, and your usual diet. Then, they perform a physical and closely examine the affected joint. Your podiatrist may run laboratory tests and digital X-rays to rule out other causes of your inflammation. Gout can only be diagnosed during a flare-up.

How is gout treated?

Initial treatment for gout focuses on relieving pain. Your podiatrist may prescribe medications or injections to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. They may also advise you to immobilize and elevate your foot. In addition to helping you get relief from your acute symptoms, the team at Sarasota Foot Care Center also provides treatment recommendations to prevent future flare-ups, such as:
  • Increasing your fluid intake
  • Making diet changes to reduce your intake of foods high in purines (organ meats)
  • Medication to reduce uric acid levels
In some cases, your podiatrist recommends surgery to remove the urate crystals and repair the joint. To get relief from gout pain, contact Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists by phone or book an appointment online today.

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Client Testimonials

Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
2022-11-03
Everyone was very kind and professional. The wait time was a bit long
Steven Martin
Steven Martin
2022-11-03
Wonderfully, efficient and informative.
Cheryl Wilkins
Cheryl Wilkins
2022-11-01
The Dr. Vanessa Marcelo was extremely professional, she had a good friendly disposition. She was accurate about my diagnosis. I felt confidence in her care. Thanks to all the front staff for being friendly as well.
Claire Stelly
Claire Stelly
2022-10-28
Dr. Marcelo and Debra took excellent care of me. When I hobbled in with severe Heel Bone Spur/ Plantar Fasciitis they knew just what to do immediately and gave me a plan of action.
Cinthia Duarte
Cinthia Duarte
2022-10-27
I highly recommend Vargas Foot and Ankle Specialists! Amazing Doctors and staff. Everyone is very professional and caring. Got fitted for custom orthotics and they work miracles on my flat feet.
Manuela Valencia
Manuela Valencia
2022-10-24
This is the best podiatrist I have ever been. DR.Vargas truly cares about his patients and wants to help them in any way possible.  I would highly recommend him. The best foot doctor. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
John Vanison
John Vanison
2022-09-21
Nafisa Bandukwala
Nafisa Bandukwala
2022-09-19
Lay Caraway
Lay Caraway
2022-09-16
Mary Bass
Mary Bass
2022-09-16
Excellent
Helen H.
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I cannot fault my experience here. It was my first time at a foot specialist. Dr Marcielo was delightful, proficient and talked me gently through the procedure. Melanie the nurse was equally kind and caring. They even called me the next day to check on me. First class!
Claudia Q.
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Dr Vargas gave me back my health... my foot was very painful that i could barely walk and I couldn’t even drive. He recommended 8 laser treatments and orthotics and after the 3rd laser treatment I was able to drive. The orthotics he gave me are amazing!!! That is all I use in all my shoes now.
Robin C.
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Staff is always professional and personal. I've been going there for about 10 yrs now and I have always been happy with all results. Dr. Vargas and associates are always thorough and listen to my explanations. Thank you all
Sam B.
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Dr. Vargas and all his staff from the front desk to the back office have always been very professional and very helpful and doing all with a smile. Thank you Dr. Vargas to you and all your staff
Larry J.
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This was my first time visit. They came highly recommended and I will be coming back for my complete foot care going forward. Great service.
Mery V.
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Best Doctor in Houston! Thanks Dr Vargas for the surgical intervention, for you I am already walking. Everyone in your office is super nice and super quick to serve me. Super clean office. Really the knowledge of the Doctor is the best. A bilingual Dr who speaks perfect my Spanish language. I recommend it.