If you have ever suffered from a gout attack, a sudden and extremely painful inflammation of one or more joints in your foot, you may be surprised to find that one of the ways to manage symptoms and prevent future attacks is to modify your diet. Gout is caused by a buildup of a substance called uric acid in the bloodstream. This substance can crystallize and become lodged in a joint, leading to intense pain, swelling, and inflammation. Left untreated, repeated gout attacks can permanently damage the affected joints, causing chronic pain and restricting their range of motion. Purines are chemical compounds naturally found in certain foods. In the body, purines get converted to uric acid. When there are too many purines, they can create excess uric acid that builds up in the body, increasing your risk of having a gout attack. By avoiding foods and drinks with large amounts of purine, you may be able to lower your risk of gout. Foods to avoid include red and organ meats, certain types of seafood, highly processed or sugary foods, and yeast. You should also avoid drinking sugary or alcoholic beverages. For more information about the relationship between your diet and your foot health, please consult with a podiatrist.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.
Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.
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