Incidents of Gout are on the Rise
Gout was once known as a "rich man's" affliction. This is no longer the case. The increasing waistlines in Houston and around the United States are putting all at greater risk of developing gout. This most commonly affects your great toe joint, although gout can also cause pain and inflammation in your ankle or knee.
Gout is caused by an increased concentration of uric acid in the blood. This can be due to an overproduction of uric acid, a byproduct of protein digestion, or because of the kidneys not excreting enough uric acid. Many people experience a gout attack after they consume a meal high in protein, such as red meat, shellfish, and liver. It also can be brought on by alcohol use or dehydration. Beer in particular is seen as a substantial culprit.
The incidents of gout had doubled from the 1960s to the 1990s. It doubled again from the 1990s to 2008. Obesity in the United States has also increased over that period of time. Control of gout includes lifestyle changes which includes weight loss, reduction of alcohol use (especially beer) and reduction of foods that can trigger an acute gout attack. Of course, ther e are medications that can also help control the uric acid concentration and reduce the flare-ups.
If you are experiencing a red, hot, swollen joint of your great toe or ankle, even where the bedsheets are causing pain, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists. The pain and inflammation can be controlled to get you out of pain quickly. Do not suffer in silence!