Gout is a harrowing condition that generally occurs in the joints of the big toe. However, this condition can occur in other areas of the foot or other parts of the body. The reason gout is so painful is because the joints swell from urate crystals. These crystals take the form of needles and collect within joints. From there, they can attract white blood cells, which attack the joint and cause intense pain.
Once uric acid collects in the body, these crystals form. Uric acid is typically deposited in our waste, but there are ways this substance can build up in our bodies. Firstly, the kidneys are the primary driving force of removing uric acid from the body. If the kidneys are not working correctly, then the uric acid will build up over time.
Secondly, uric acid production may be higher than normal, and the kidneys are unable to keep up with disposal. If this reason is the case, then the high levels of uric acid could be due to the foods you are eating. Gout is also linked to obesity, which would link to the foods people may be consuming.
You can find a list of foods that will raise your uric acid below.
- Red meat
- Organ meat
- Sugary drinks
- Foods high in fructose
- Processed foods
Who can get gout?
Gout is capable of appearing in anyone, but some factors increase people’s chances. Men, women after menopause, and those who suffer from kidney disease are more susceptible to gout. Furthermore, people with obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes usually develop gout more often.
Genetic factors may also play a role in the development of gout. It is best to stick to foods that will not worsen gout and will encourage a healthy lifestyle. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, water, oatmeal, and lean meat will help maintain the symptoms of gout. It is also important you receive a gout diagnosis by a rheumatologist. Other forms of arthritis can mimic gout symptoms.
How is gout treated?
Gout is a chronic condition, so patients must learn how to live with the symptoms it brings. The quality of life can wobble from time to time when living with gout. It is suggested patients eat healthily and exercise regularly. These activities will help lower the uric acids in the body and reduce the symptoms of gout.
Additionally, some medications can reduce the symptoms of gout. Medications usually focus on reducing inflammation and flare-ups, so pain is minimized. Above all, gout should be treated according to the patient. Gout affects people in different ways, and the treatment process should be tailored to the patient.
Get Diagnosed Today
If you are suffering from severe joint pain, your big toe, or feet, then give Advanced Rheumatology a call today. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Brionez by calling (281) 766-7886. She is eager to help those suffering from intense pain and discomfort.