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Specific Foods Can Be Linked to Gout Attacks

Gout is defined as a foot condition that can cause severe pain and discomfort. It often targets the joints in the big toe and is caused by an excess level of uric acid. Eating foods that have high levels of purines may cause uric acid levels to rise and convert to crystals that lodge in the joints of the toes. There are trigger foods that can be avoided in patients who have gout, and this may reduce the number of painful gout attacks. Red meat can fall into this category, and frequently eating this food can increase the chances of getting gout. Many people think honey is an alternative to processed sugar, however, it also contains a large amount of uric acid. There are certain types of seafood that have high levels of purines. These can consist of shellfish, sardines, anchovies, and scallops, and gout patients are advised to eat infrequent or small amounts of these types of seafood. If you would like more information about what type of foods can trigger gout attacks, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with healthy food choices to choose from.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Crosstown Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wayne, Montclair, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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