managing gout

Managing Gout with Exercise and Diet Modification

Gout is a complex form of arthritis that often affects the foot; mainly the big toe. When managing gout attacks and treating the condition, many medical professionals recommend exercising and modifying one’s diet. There are many medications that treat the condition. Some of these medications include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids and colchine. Reducing the intake of red meat, shellfish, and alcohol can also help inhibit gout attacks.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists at Foot HealthCare Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area. However, it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and those who are obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Fortunately, gout can easily be identified. It presents itself with redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our Michigan offices today. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot care needs.