What Is Gout All About?

It’s a questions that podiatrists get often; “do you treat gout?” It’s easy to see why we hear it so much. Gout is a painful arthritis of the joints, particularly in the lower extremities, caused by an excess buildup of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is produced by the breakdown of cells in your body, as well as by certain foods you eat, such as bacon, lamb, sardines and beer. Normally your kidneys filter out most uric acid and it passes harmlessly out of your body in your urine. However, sometimes when the levels are too high the uric acid forms crystals which deposit in joints such as the knee, ankle, and big toe.

 

An initial treatment of the pain caused by gout is to take an anti inflammatory (NSAID) drug, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Your podiatrist can prescribe stronger versions of these medications if over the counter solutions prove ineffective. But when it comes to gout, the best treatment is prevention. Below is a list of food high in uric acid to avoid, especially when you are already experience gout symptoms.

 

 

If you or a loved one is suffering from a gout attack you should contact your local podiatrist, they can help alleviate the pain and make suggestions to help prevent any future flare ups.

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