What You Should Know About Gout

Do you know what gout is? Unfortunately, most people don’t. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in your blood. When your body breaks down purines, it produces uric acid. Too much can result in crystal formations that settle into your joints, leading to pain and inflammation. Those with this disease often have “gout attacks.” When it flares up, you experience sudden, severe burning joint pain, swelling, and tenderness. The most important part of managing the pain you experience with gout is to see your podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment.

Are You at Risk For Gout?

There are several risk factors for gout, including:

  • Drinking alcohol, especially beer.
  • Drinking fructose-sweetened beverages.
  • Eating certain types of meat and seafood-rich diet.
  • Having a family history of gout.
  • Being overweight.
  • Taking certain gout-producing medications.
  • Having certain medical conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, untreated high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Treating and Preventing Gout

Without professional treatment, gout will recur and eventually may limit your range of motion. Gout may also cause chronic problems like kidney stones. Prescription medication can help prevent reoccurrence.

Reduce Your Risk with These Tips

  1. Keep hydrated with lots of water. Avoid sweetened drinks, especially those containing fructose.
  2. Limiting meat, poultry, and fish.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Limit alcohol.
  5. Eat low-fat dairy products for some protection against gout and protein.

If you’re currently experiencing symptoms of gout, don’t wait. Call our office today and ask us about our treatment options. We’re here to help!

Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.

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