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Treating Gout

Gout is actually one of the oldest known types of arthritis, and is caused by eating a rich protien diet and drinking alcohol. If you’ve ever had it before, you know it’s one of the most intensely painful foot conditions out there.

What Causes Gout?

This painful affliction is caused by the build up of uric acid in the blood, which forms when the body breaks down purines. The acid typically dissolves and is eliminated in the urine, but for some it will build up and form tiny crystals that lead to inflammation in the toes, feet and knees. These joints may become red, hot and so painful that even the touch of a sheet or sock is unbearable. Gout attacks can become more severe and longer-lasting with each incident.

There is Good News

You can almost always control gout with a proper diet. Gout is particularly associated with rich foods like cream sauces, red meat, beer and red wine. If you suffer from gout, you need to eat properly and cut back on alcohol. Focus more on vegetables, healthy starches and lean meat like chicken and fish, reduce your intake of red meat, and avoid drinking alcohol.

Risk Factors

The most common risk factors are:

  • Being overweight,
  • Drinking alcohol,
  • Having high cholesterol or
  • Eating lots of meat.
  • It can also be brought on by certain medications such as water pills, niacin, aspirin and some cancer drugs.

Men under 65 are four times more likely than women of the same age to experience gout, but only three times more likely after age 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s because women’s risk of gout increases after menopause.

 

 

 

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Amie Castle

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Katy Perkins

My left foot had been hurting for a while. The staff and doctors here are all quite knowledgeable and professional, as well as friendly and personable. My diagnosis was promptly made, x-ray completed right there in the office, and I left with the two braces that I needed. No waiting for the mail, trip to brace shop, nada. Most excellent clinic!

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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.