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Dr. Christopher J. Gauland
Dr. Jonathan C. O’Quinn
Dr. Kenneth Rosenthal

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Greenville, North Carolina

 

How Your Diet Can Contribute to Gout

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when crystals formed by uric acid cause painful inflammation in the joints, commonly the big toe. People typically develop gout because their body does not efficiently flush out excess uric acid through the kidneys. Certain foods contribute to the onset of gout. The top contenders are certain types of meat and seafood. In addition, alcoholic beverages like beer and sugary drinks can contribute to gout. Foods that are high in cholesterol are also believed to increase the risk of developing gout. Eating foods high in purines is not the only way to build up too much uric acid, called hyperuricemia. Poor kidney function is thought to be a factor too. If you are experiencing pain in the joint of the big toe along with redness and swelling, you may have gout. It is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can examine the area, diagnose the cause, and offer treatment solutions.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

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.

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

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