GOUT AND YOU
Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in your body, which in turn causes urate crystals to form around joints triggering inflammation and intense pain. Uric acid is formed naturally in your body, but certain substances increase the levels present in your body. Substances that increase uric acid include: organ meats, asparagus, mushrooms, anchovies, certain medicines, and alcohol. High blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can also produce an excess of uric acid.
People most susceptible to gout are women who have gone through menopause and men. Gout symptoms usually occur at night and include swelling, redness, and acute, sudden pain. Untreated gout typically lasts one to two weeks before subsiding but will often reoccur. Complications of untreated gout can include the formation of nodules under the skin (tophi) and kidney stones.
HOW WE CAN HELP WITH YOUR GOUT
The most effective way to treat gout is with diet and lifestyle changes.
Some diet tips for dealing with gout include eating less red meats, less alcohol, consuming more complex carbohydrates, and eating low fat dairy products. Contact Mid Nebraska Foot Clinic to receive diet consultation before starting to ensure healthy weight loss. Rapid weight loss can increase uric acid in your body and exacerbate the symptoms of gout.
While diet is the main cause of gout there are several medications that can be used based on your preferences and current health issues. Often steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs are used to treat gout.
Get in touch with us and arrange an appointment to receive more information regarding gout and how we can help you overcome this debilitating condition.