Treating Gout, the “Disease of Kings”

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Gout has historically been known as “the disease of kings,” affecting those who were wealthy and could afford to drink and eat excessively. However, gout cases have been increasing since the 1960s, and the condition can be very debilitating for your body’s joints. Gout occurs when uric acid isn’t filtered out properly in the body and uric acid levels increase, leading to joint pain. The best way to treat gout is managing your diet. Opt for eating foods that can help reduce your uric acid levels, such as cherries, milk, and coffee. Avoid high-sugar foods, red meat and seafood, and alcohol.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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