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For those who suffer from gout, maintaining proper hydration is vital to ensuring that our body processes essential nutrients, which can help dilute the uric acid in the foods we consume. Staying hydrated also helps our kidneys expel toxins, thus decreasing uric acid levels. Other foods that can help keep uric acids levels low include vitamin C-rich lemons, buttermilk, antioxidant-rich tomatoes, low-fat milk and green tea which is good for helping treat inflammation and swelling. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will treat 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, although 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 the 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.

Gout can easily be identified by 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 offices located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Fortunately, gout is treatable using home remedies and complimentary healing practices. Gout is a complex type of arthritis which affects more than 8 million Americans, according to Mayo Clinic. It is often characterized by severe attacks of pain that comes on suddenly, causing pain in the joints and often the “big toe”. Tracy Woolrich of Emax Health believes there's a treatable solution to help mitigate gout pain and place a handle on the condition. Woolrich states apples help neutralize the uric acid in the body which causes gout, bananas also help transform the crystals of uric acid into liquid form, which helps flushing it out of your system.

Woolrich adds Vitamin C supplements, other herbs, and topical applications can also be quite effective for managing gout. Although Woolrich stands firm with her belief in home remedies, she states that these treatment options may not work for everyone. She also suggests seeking help of a health care provider or someone knowledgeable in treating Gout for extreme cases.  

Gout is uncomfortable, but can be prevented with a proper diet and exercise. If you have gout, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can teach you what foods cause gout and suggest options for caring for the afflicted foot or feet.

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.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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