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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 07, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gout   diabetes   uric acid   diet  

With all the merry making that goes on during the holiday season we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC often see an increase in cases of gout. Gout is a problem that affects joints. It occurs when uric acid builds up and crystallizes in the joints, causing painful inflammation that can come on suddenly and is usually accompanied by swelling and warmth around the joint.

Science and Symptoms

Uric acid is a byproduct of the process of breaking down purines, chemicals found naturally in our body and in certain foods. Normally, uric acid is eliminated in urine but for some people, their kidneys do not eliminate uric acid properly or their body over produces it and this can result in gout.

Site of Attack

Gout can affect any joint, however, it most often strikes the joint of the big toe. Why? Uric acid reacts to cooler temperatures by turning into crystals. Being farthest from the heart, the toe is the coldest part of the body and therefore the most common site for gout occur.

Who Gets Gout?

There are a number of factors that make a patient more prone to gout:

  • High blood
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Certain medications and vitamins (particularly niacin)
  • Stress

Food Triggers

Certain foods and beverages contain large amounts of purines and may trigger a gout attack. Unfortunately, many of these foods are popular at the holidays: red meat, shellfish, red wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Fatty foods such as turkey skin and rich cream sauces should also be avoided along with organ meats.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can advise you on how to treat gout and provide relief from an attack as well as strategies to avoid gout. To learn more, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885.

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