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Your Diet May Help Prevent Gout Attacks

Gout is a type of arthritis that frequently affects the joints of the feet. If you have gout, you may experience gout attacks, sudden and severe onsets of pain, swelling, and inflammation in the affected joints. Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the bloodstream. Your diet can raise or lower the levels of uric acid in your blood. Eating foods that are high in purines, a natural substance found in certain foods such as red meat, seafood, and alcohol, can trigger gout. Fructose and sugar-sweetened beverages can also trigger gout attacks. Eating a balanced diet with fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, low fat dairy products, eggs, and whole grains can lower the risk of gout attacks. For more information about how to prevent gout attacks, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM from Achilles Footcare Center. 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 offices located in Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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