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Foods, High Purine Levels, Uric Acid, and Gout

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

Excess uric acid in the body may cause a painful medical condition known as gout. It is considered to be a form of arthritis and can cause some patients to have debilitating pain. The big toe is generally affected by large amounts of uric acid which can cause crystals to form and lodge in the joints of the toes. Gout attacks often occur at night and can last for hours and even as long as a week. There are various foods that contain high levels of purines, which the body can not process naturally. These types of foods include shellfish, excess alcohol, organ meats, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar.  Patients who are obese or who have existing kidney conditions may not filter foods correctly, and this can result in high uric acid levels. If you are afflicted with gout it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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