Arthritis and Rheumatologypublished an interesting study that suggests that cherries may alleviate symptoms in gout patients.  Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis characterized by an overproduction and crystallization of uric acid, which can cause instances of swelling and severe pain in joints. 

The researchers who held the study monitored the rate of gout attacks and medications in roughly six hundred patients throughout the span of a year.. There were two-day control periods where subjects consumed either cherries or cherry extracted products.  Researchers have been able to conclude that both cherries and their extracts reduced the risk of a near-immediate gout attack by 35%.

Gout can make living difficult.  If you are struggling with gout or any other form of foot or ankle arthritis, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide the podiatric care that you need. 

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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