Vegetable Choices for Gout PatientsTuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00
Gout, a form of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, necessitates careful consideration of dietary choices, including vegetable consumption. Opting for vegetables rich in fiber and low in purines is key for managing gout. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and swiss chard are excellent choices, offering essential nutrients without significantly impacting uric acid levels. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower also make gout-friendly additions to the plate. However, moderation is advised with certain vegetables high in purines, such as asparagus and mushrooms, as they may contribute to uric acid buildup. If you have experienced one or more gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition, including discussing appropriate food choices.
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
- 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 one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.