Urate crystal deposits can form in joints because of an increased level of uric acid in the body. This can lead to the condition called gout, a form of arthritis, which can cause pain and inflammation in joints. Joints in a foot, especially in the big toe, are usually affected during a gout attack. Avoiding certain causes of elevated uric level may help to get rid of urate crystals in the foot. It may also reduce the risk of the recurrence of a gout attack. Treatment for this condition may involve a combination of medications, change in diet and/or lifestyle.
Treat this condition by knowing the causes for uric acid buildup. One cause for this condition may be eating high-purine foods. Purines are substances in the body that break down and form uric acid. A high-purine diet can lead to elevated uric acid levels that, in turn, may result in urate crystal formation over time. These deposits can cause the pain or inflammation in the affected joint often associated with a gout attack. Some other risk factors that may cause this condition are weight and certain medical conditions.
Make the necessary dietary changes by reducing or limiting the daily consumption of high purine foods. These foods include certain seafoods, organ meats and other meats.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Instead, drink at least eight glasses of non-alcoholic beverages every day. Drinking fluids may help to get rid of the urate crystals in the foot.
Keep your weight at a healthy level and try to exercise moderately on a regular basis. Being overweight can increase the risk factor for this condition.
Use hydrotherapy to relieve the pain or inflammation during a gout attack. Applying a combination of hot and cold-water compresses may help to reduce the symptoms in an affected foot joint. Utilize a hot compress for approximately three minutes and then use a cold one for 30 to 40 seconds. Alternate using hot and cold compresses until there is some relief.
Take the medication prescribed by a physician. The most common way doctors treat gout is by prescribing certain oral medications that can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and colchicines. Corticosteroids are other medications used for gout that may be taken either orally or injected. However, there may be side effects associated with all these medications.