Depending on its severity and duration in which it has affected a person, gout can be categorized as mild, acute or chronic. Chronic refers to gout which lasts long, including for lifetime. Acute gout is usually characterized by severe pain and may resolve after administration of medications combined with lifestyle changes.
Mild gout is characterized by transient on and off pains. Whatever its category, you need to know how to get rid of gout and take steps to deal with it, otherwise the pain will get worse with time and it may render you immobile and incapable of living on your own without help. Gout can get worse and confine one to wheel chair, stretcher or incapable of moving without help.
The treatment of gout is basically a two-pronged approach in which lifestyle changes and medications are combined. The best treatment for gout will thus involve the administration of drugs for relieving pain, and lowering the levels of uric acid in the body. The lifestyle changes will also be aimed at lowering the production of uric acid by the body.
The medications for treatments of gout include administration of anti-inflammatory drugs such as Non-Steroid Anti Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and colchicine, which also relieve pains in the affected joints. Icing and elevating the affected joints may also help relieve the aches and pains. Drugs for reducing production of uric acid in the body include Allopurinol, probenecid, lesinurad, pegloticase, and Febuxostat.
Without lifestyle changes, the medications may not work well. As part of the treatment for gout in foot you need to avoid anything that can aggravate the pain or production of uric acid in the body. You need to take lots of fluids especially pure water. Avoid sweet sodas or alcohol.
Stress can also aggravate gout so you need to take active steps to avoid stress such as seeking professional counselling, relaxing and exercising the body. You need to seek professional advice on which exercises to engage in and those to avoid, as some strenuous exercises can worsen the pain in the joints. Social support is also important as part of the lifestyle changes. Ensure that you seek help from family and friends in the execution of household chores.