If you’ve been diagnosed with gout, you know that it’s a chronic illness characterized by painful attacks that can be hard to anticipate. The attacks occur when uric acid builds up unchecked in the bloodstream, creating crystals that settle in the joints, particularly in the joint of the big toe. The good news is that, with a few simple steps, you can prevent and minimize the frequency and intensity of your gout attacks. Here are some tips from podiatrist James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS to help:
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help prevent the build-upof those painful uric acid crystals in your blood.
Soda and other sugary drinks should be eliminated from your diet.
Reduce your consumption of alcohol, particularly beer. Many gout attacks occur after a big night on the town.
Eat a healthy diet rich in lean protein, whole grains, and colorful fruits and vegetables. Avoid red meats, gravies, shellfish, and high-fat foods, which are known to trigger gout attacks.
Maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight or obese – particularly men and those with a family history of the disease – are more likely to experience frequent gout attacks.
If your doctor has given you medication to manage your gout, be sure to take it exactly as prescribed.
If, despite your best efforts, a gout attack occurs, take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, apply ice to the affected area, and call your podiatrist right away. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to help you.
Are you experiencing painful gout attacks or any other issues related to the health of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Schedule a visit with Dr. James M. McKee at our Annapolis, MD office on Solomons Island Road today. Call Podiatry Group of Annapolis at 410-224-4448 or click here to get started.