Is Gout Keeping You Out?

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“I’ll have to sit this one out.” – Is this something you often say, due to the gout symptoms in your feet and ankles? Let us help you get back to saying, “I’m in!”

For whatever reason (genetics, metabolic disorders, kidney or thyroid problems, and even certain medications), your body is having trouble eliminating uric acid properly. The buildup is causing painful arthritic attacks on the joints in your feet, ankles, and even knees. Sometimes, it’s so intensely painful that you have to sit right back down when you stand up. It might be keeping you up at night, or preventing you from participating in events involving standing or walking. That could mean, goodbye, social life.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!

The following are some tips and treatment options that could help you active and social:

●       Stay hydrated to help your body eliminate more uric acid. Drink your daily 11-15 cups of water. Not only does it help eliminate excess uric acid, it also helps to keep the joints lubricated to reduce joint pain.

●       Limit alcohol intake, since too much alcohol can add to the uric acid buildup. More than 2 drinks per day increase your risk of gout; if you already experience gout attacks, eliminate your alcohol intake completely.

●       Reduce shellfish, sugary foods, and salty foods to reduce the risk of uric acid buildup. Instead, eat foods with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

●       Get evaluated for other health conditions that may be contributing to your gout attacks, such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, thyroid disease, and diabetes.

●       Take NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen) for pain relief during painful gout attacks.

●       Ask your physician about uric acid control medications to manage your gout.

●       Ask your podiatrist if corticosteroids would work for you if taking NSAIDs are not enough for pain management.

Need some help finding relief for your gout? Make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our highly qualified team of foot doctors can perform a thorough assessment of your feet at our Jonesboro, AR office and prescribe you custom orthotics if necessary.