Gout, a very painful inflammatory arthritis caused by the crystallization of uric acid with joints, can be eased with a healthy diet. Eating cherries, in particular, were associated with a 35% lower risk of gout attacks.
Researchers have also found that a low-purine diet was also effective in lowering gout attacks, as uric acid is a break-down product of purines. Heavy alcohol consumption can also increase the odds for recurrent gout attacks, and excessive alcohol should therefore be avoided.
Researches recommend eliminating meat and seafood from the diet to lower purine intake, and combined with consuming cherries, may lower risk of gout attacks even further.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of 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.
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