Got Gout? The Holiday Season Can Trigger Painful Toes

For those people who have experienced a gout attack in the past, or have a family member who has had this condition before, you know how painful and miserable it can be. The holiday season can also be a time which gout attacks can be triggered, and Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season is just a few weeks away….So what is gout exactly? And how can I prevent it from happening to me, or someone I care about?

Gout is a disorder that results from the build-up of uric acid crystals in tissues or a joint. It most often affects the joint of the big toe, because the toe is the coolest part of the body and uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes. However, other joints of the body can also be affected.

Changes in diet, including overindulging in certain foods and beverages, can cause gout attacks this time of year because often holiday foods and drinks can often be rich in purines. Foods and drinks that are high in purines contribute to uric acid build-up. Purines are converted to uric acid in the body.

Symptoms of A Gout Attack:

How is Gout Diagnosed by Your Podiatrist?

How Can You Avoid A Gout Attack?

How Do You Treat A Gout Attack?

The symptoms of gout and the inflammatory process usually resolve in 3-10 days with treatment. If gout symptoms continue despite the initial treatment, or if repeated attacks occur, treatment with a maintenance medication daily may be needed. In cases of repeated episodes, the underlying problem must be addressed, as the build-up of uric acid over time can cause arthritic damage to the joint.

So, the take-home message is….Enjoy the Holidays and the food and drink that comes with this festive time of year. But if you have a history of gout, remember to enjoy in moderation, otherwise this time of year may not be so festive for you!

Happy Holidays!!

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