Our foot and lower limb specialist (Podiatrist) offers a variety of treatments to help prevent, diagnose and treat attacks of Gout, our practitioner is a registered health professional who can liaison with your G.P, and other health professionals to provided a comprehensive treatment plan. Below is a description of our most popular treatments to alleviate the pain associated with Gout.
Help at Home
If you are at home there is a variety of home remedy method, that can help alleviate symptoms associated with Gout, such as a footbath.
Stimulating local blood flow
When a patient is without an acute attack, contrast baths result in further improved local blood flow. Additionally, the lymph vessels contract when exposed to cold, and relax in response to heat. The lymph system, unlike the vascular circulatory system, lacks a central pump (heart). Alternating between hot and cold, lymph vessels dilate and contract to essentially "pump" and move stagnant fluid out of the area. This positively affects the inflammation process and helps to evacuate uric acid.
A bathing cycle normally takes 20 min.
- Epsom salt; Magnesium sulphate, may not only help for gout but also for other types of arthritis. It is our main bathing ingredient.
- Activated Charcoal; can adsorb uric acid.
- Hydrogen Peroxide; is very detoxifying. Hydrogen peroxide can activate several genes (by Enzymes) which are responsible for clearing tissue debris and improve venous and lymphatic circulation. Hydrogen Peroxide baths stimulate nerve repair and are reported to be a very efficient treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Our podiatrist adds a 1 l, 3%v, to a foot bath of 10 l.
- Seaweed baths; are supposed to be a good way to supplement trace minerals. Everyone today is low in minerals, due to modern agricultural methods, depleted soils, food processing, weak digestion, etc.
- Clay baths; are used for detoxing purposes.
Low level laser therapy
low level laser therapy, also referred to as, Cold Laser therapy is a treatment modality which uses red and near infra-red light to improve healing rates.
It was first developed in 1967, but has only more recently been used extensively in injury and pain management clinics. Laser therapy is cleared by the FDA for pain and stiffness treatment associated with arthritis, inflammation treatment, and for increasing circulation. Its safe and effective. Explanations of the neuropharmacological analgesic effects of laser stimulation are well documented (compared to the older ultrasound technology).
Our high power gout laser therapy (Class IIIB technology) uses specific wavelengths of light that have following documented strong effects:
- reduce inflammation
- reduce oedema
- decrease acute and chronic pain
- increase blood flow cell stimulation and cell reproduction
Laser photons penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to laser photons, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscle repair themselves faster. As inflammation is reduced, pain subsides very quickly.
Unlike some pharmacological solutions, there are no known negative side effects, even during long term usage. The therapy is absolutely safe, does not emit heat, is non-invasive and has no contra indications when used with any medications or physiotherapy.
Our lasers are painless. Most patients report no sensation at all while receiving laser therapy. Treatments per location average only a few minutes. Many patients in high levels of acute pain experience relief after the first however chronic conditions may take slightly longer such second or third treatment. The effects of laser therapy are cumulative, therefore you can expect to see further improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan.
Cupping as a gout treatment
At elite clinic our podiatrist has extended her scope of practice, to offer a variety of holistic treatments to help prevent and alleviate the painful symptoms associated with Gout.
Cupping is an efficient treatment to tackle inflammation and oedema (it helps to open the lymphatic system), making it an efficient gout treatment.
It is effective in "mobilizing" uric acid, so it can be removed from the body.
There is no proof that uric acid is "sucked out" of the body by cupping, this is a false expectation to have, but it certainly makes uric acid mobile and tackles uric acid precipitates, making it a valid evacuation treatment.
Around a gout affected area, there is bad blood circulation. The blood becomes more viscous and dark (Stagnant).
Cupping increases the blood flow, evacuate the stagnant blood and tackles inflammation.
our podiatrist uses normal cupping and wet cupping (Bleeding Cupping or Hijama) for treating Acute Gout.
The benefits are:
- reducing pain
- reducing inflammation
- increasing circulation