A new study has come out that shows the link of gout to those who have a diet high in purine-rich foods. When the body breaks down purine, a chemical compound found in some foods, it produces uric acid, which can lead to gout if produced in excess. However, the good news is that this article by Bel Marra Health outlines many different types of foods that are great for reducing the risk of gout. It also shows which foods are high in purine and can produce excess uric acid, so knowing which foods to avoid and which to consume can greatly increase your health when it comes to combating gout.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
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