The painful and debilitating condition called gout is an arthritic disease created by uric acid that builds up in the blood. When the acid reaches a certain saturation point, it can crystalize out of the blood and into the joints, usually in the extremities. The big toe is a common location for severe gout to occur. Outbreaks often happen during sleep and even brushing a sheet over your big toe can cause severe pain.
Some tips to help you lower the uric acid content of your blood and decrease the chances of a gout outbreak include the following:
- Reduce or avoid alcohol consumption—Consumption of distilled products that are derived from grains like beer and whiskey should be stopped or greatly reduced.
- Reduce consumption of fatty meats and certain seafood—Reduce intake of red meat and organ meats. Shellfish like lobster, scallops, and mussels should also be avoided.
- Consume lower-fat dairy products—Consume dairy products that are lower in fat.
- Proper hydration—Consume healthy fluids throughout the day to help decrease the volume of uric acid in your blood.
- Helpful foods and beverages—Cherries and other dark berries their natural juices help remove uric acid. Organic apple cider vinegar that contains “the mother” has been shown to cleanse the blood of uric acid as well.
The confirmation of a gout outbreak can be performed by removing fluid from the joint area and looking at it under a microscope to check for uric acid crystals. Treatment, in addition to dietary modifications, includes medications that can be prescribed to reduce uric acid concentrations.
If you are experiencing foot problems from gout, see your foot doctor for the proper care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.