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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.



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