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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Key Strategies for Preventing Gout

Gout, a painful form of arthritis that often affects the big toe, can be prevented through lifestyle and dietary changes. Maintaining a healthy weight also reduces the pain of gout by decreasing the stress on joints. Eating a balanced diet that limits purine-rich foods, such as red meat, shellfish, and sugary beverages, helps lower uric acid levels. Staying well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water aids in flushing out excess uric acid from the body. Regular physical activity not only supports weight management but also improves overall joint health. Limiting alcohol consumption, especially beer, can help prevent gout flare-ups. Additionally, managing medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes effectively reduces the risk. For those with a history of gout, regular check-ups and prescribed medications can help maintain lower uric acid levels. Gout in the big toe can cause severe pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing gout attacks, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Brian Doerr, DPM from Florida. 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.


  • 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 Fort Meyers, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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