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By Arcadia Foot and Ankle
February 20, 2013
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Gout  


Foods rich in purines may raise your Uric Acid levels in your blood.  Purines (a product of proteins) are found in certain meats, seafoods, and even vegetables.   Below is a list of foods to watch out for.  Attacks can occur when you have a little or a lot of an item and the amount that will cause an attack cannot be predetermined! 


Gout Trigger Foods: Moderation is key!    
Trigger Foods High in Purines increase the risk of elevated Uric Acid levels.    
Red Meat Beef    
Poultry Turkey, Goose, Wild Game    
Organ Meats Liver, Kidneys, Sweetbreads, Brains    
Seafood Herring, Tuna, Anchovies, Salmon, Sardines    
Vegetables Asparagus, Cauliflower, Spinach, Mushrooms    
Yeast Pastries, Cakes, Breads, Bagels, Brewer's Yeast    
Alcohol Beer, Wine, Whiskey, Malt Liquors    
Sugar Drinks High fructose corn syrup, Non- diet sodas, "Fruit" drinks    
* The above foods may trigger a gout attack if your Uric Acid levels should be too high.  
* Consume these foods in moderation to prevent an attack.    
* Visit our blog posted on 2-15-2013 for more information!    



By Arcadia Foot and Ankle
February 15, 2013
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Gout  

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.