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Gout and Foods

The arthritic condition known as gout often causes extreme pain. The foot ailment affects the joints in the big toe, causing redness and swelling. Gout can develop for genetic reasons or from specific types of foods that are consumed, which are laden with purines. These can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Excess uric acid can be produced from these foods and converted into crystals that lodge in the joints of the big toe. People generally experience a gout attack for approximately one week, but it may resurface if eating habits are not changed. Episodes of gout may be prevented by drinking plenty of fresh water and engaging in a gentle exercise program. It is also beneficial to include fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet and to limit foods that have excess purines. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward management and prevention techniques. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Scott Peters from Ankle & Foot Walk-In Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Mayfield Village, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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