Gout also known as the “rich man’s disease” affects people of all shapes, sizes, and ages and doesn’t take any prisoners when an attack occurs!
Gout, also known as gouty arthritis, is a common ailment that the Doctor evaluates and treats. It affects the joints when there is a buildup of uric acid in the body. Be careful because gout can cause irreversible damage to the affected joint. The affected area may become swollen, red, warm to the touch, and very painful. The pain can be powerful and definitely an experience you will not forget or want to happen again! Patients with kidney issues can spur on attacks easier and faster than those with healthy kidneys because they naturally flush uric acid through the body before crystals can form. Gout seems to start in the big toe and can spread rapidly to other areas including the foot, knee, and ankle, etc. A flare up can happen in a blink of an eye and without warning! Seeing a Podiatrist will allow you to get proper medication, relief, and prevent irreversible damage.
Knowledge is power and knowing the trigger foods and other trigger methods that spur on an attack can help Patients prevent them. Each person is different and what affects one person is not the same for another. Unfortunately there is not a “magic” test Patients can take to see what their trigger foods are. If an attack occurs the best thing to do is cut back on purine rich foods such as seafood, meat and beer. Purine rich foods inhibit the body to break down uric acid properly. Also drink plenty of liquids to allow the body to continuously move uric acid through.