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Preventing Gout

Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Gout attacks can be extremely painful and cause stabbing pains, redness, and swelling in affected joints, including the big toe joint and other joints of the feet. Following your first gout attack, you may go months or years without suffering another one, or you may begin to experience gout attacks regularly, developing chronic gout and joint damage. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to decrease the likelihood of having another gout attack. Because gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream, which then crystallizes in the joints, modifying your diet can potentially reduce the risk of gout. A healthy diet that avoids foods high in purines, such as organ meats, seafood, alcohol, and sugary foods and drinks is suggested. Other preventive measures include exercising regularly and taking gout medications. For more information about how to prevent gout, please consult with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. 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 one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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