New research featured in Arthritis and Rheumatology claims that cherries may be beneficial to people dealing with recurring episodes of gout. So are cherries a natural remedy for gout?
According to the article, a study involving 633 gout patients was conducted to determine if consuming the little red fruit had any effect on the rate at which flare-ups of the disease occurred. The conclusion the researchers found was that test subjects who ate cherries had around a 35% lower risk of experiencing an episode of gout during the next two days than those who hadn’t eaten them.
Although cherries might be an effective dietary supplement for gout patients, the best way to treat this disease is with the help of a seasoned podiatrist. If you have developed gout in your feet, you should consider calling Dr. Neal Mozen, DPM of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen can provide you with expert foot and ankle care and suggest dietary changes you can make to prevent future gout flare-ups.
What is gout?
Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.
Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.
Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
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