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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 10, 2019
Category: arthritis
Tags: gout   podiatrist   uric acid   purine-rich food  

One of the most painful conditions a person can have is something called gout. Gout is the buildup of knife-life crystals found in uric acid. These crystals are carried to the soft parts of joints and inflict extreme pain reminding many of a throbbing broken bone. So sensitive is the affected area that the slightest touch can cause excruciating pain.

You can find gout in feet, ankles, hands, and wrists. A person who suffers from gout often cannot walk or pick up objects until the pain subsides.  Certain foods that are purine-rich, or food that has high amounts of uric acid, contribute to gout symptoms. 

Purine-rich food include:

  • Shellfish – lobster, crab, shrimp
  • Raw or red meat mostly beef, bacon, turkey
  • High fructose foods – canned fruit, candy, soda
  • Mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring
  • Beer, alcohol
  • Organ meats like kidneys, liver, heart

The best way to avoid gout is to keep a healthy diet, including such foods as:

  • Fresh fruit – strawberries, melons, grapes
  • Cereal (low sugar content) and milk
  • Vegetables – fresh beans, carrots, etc.
  • Nuts
  • Lean protein – chicken, pork, lean beef
  • Pasta
  • Salmon
  • Water – keeps the body hydrated and will flush out excessive uric acid.
  • Tea – herbal

The best way to treat a case of gout is to see your podiatrist as they will not just diagnose the problem, but also recommend the appropriate medicine to relieve pain and swelling. Gout is not something that usually is resolved immediately. It can take several days for symptoms to disappear, which is why seeing a podiatrist is important.

Treatments include:

  • Ibuprophen – for pain and swelling. Too much can damage kidneys.
  • Colchicine - used for acute attacks
  • Allopurinol – helps regulate the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream

If you believe you are developing gout or have any other concerns about your feet, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy. He can assess your feet to ensure that you keep your feet healthy. Visit our Clark, New Jersey office today! Clark Podiatry is a proud member of the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 26, 2018
Category: arthritis

Your feet and ankles each have 33 joints that allow you to move about freely. Curling and pointing your toes, standing on your tip toes, as well as walking or running in different directions are all doable thanks to those joints. But a diagnosis of arthritis can change all that. Once arthritis sets in, your joints can become stiff and painful. You can have days of severe inflammation, where you can barely move around, even in your own home.

That’s why we’ve come up with some tips to make it easier to live with arthritis in the feet:

  • Physical therapy and Foot Exercises: It may seem counterintuitive to exercise the feet, but it’s actually very helpful to perform low-impact exercises. Especially for those with gouty arthritis, exercise can help prevent uric acid buildup, which can cause a painful gout attack. Flexibility and mobility exercises like stretching and swimming can reduce the risk of painful inflammation on tendons and ligaments in the joints.
  • Wear supportive shoes. A lot of cushioning can help reduce the impact on the joints. Additionally, you can use orthotic inserts to add padding to joints that are particularly painful (e.g. big toe joint or back of the heel).
  • Orthotics. During your podiatry assessment, Dr. Macy might recommend custom orthotics for your feet, depending on how arthritis is affecting you.
  • Reduce or eliminate high-impact activities. The more high-impact activities (e.g. basketball, football, running) that you participate in, the more likely you are to experience inflammation around your joints (which absorb that impact). This can worsen symptoms, so look to alternative exercises and activities to stay physically active.
  • Schedule in periods of rest. Sometimes, life seems to be about “go, go, go”. However, schedule in periods of rest so that your joints can recover in between periods of walking or standing to reduce the risk of arthritis flare-ups.
  • Make your home more comfortable. Use cushioned mats around the house, wherever you’ll be standing around. For examples, in front of sinks, the oven, and counters where you might prepare food.
  • Eat nutritiously and maintain a healthy weight. Anti-inflammatory foods are a must and the less weight that your joints have to support, the better for preventing inflammation.
  • Reduce stress. Stress tends to make inflammation worse in your body. Find ways to reduce stress, such as meditation and getting foot massages.

Take good care of your arthritic feet! If you’ve been experiencing joint pain in the feet, come in for an assessment! We can help you determine how you can best treat your condition. Make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!



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