Gout is caused when a patient has chronically high levels of uric acid in the blood. The high levels of uric acid crystallize, then the crystals attach to joints, tendons or other issues, causing goat. This imbalance of uric acid can be caused by factors like poor diet, unrelated health problems or heredity.
It’s well known that gout can be caused by a “rich diet.” Meaning that people who overeat meat, seafood, drink beer or are overweight/obese are much more likely to experience gout. In fact, gout has been known as a “rich man’s disease” because it afflicts people (mostly men) who can afford a diet of rich, decadent foods. Gout is a lifestyle disease that is indicative of other serious health problems.
Gout may be treated with anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) or sometimes steroids. However, it’s important once the gout attack subsides to consider the lifestyle changes that may lead to frequent attacks. Treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, or other medications. Once the acute attack subsides, levels of uric acid can be lowered via lifestyle changes, such as implementing a healthier diet, cutting bad foods and increasing vitamin C.
Gout is a health problem that should be treated right away. Call our Chicago podiatrists today at 773-375-7106 for our Chicago office, or 708-422-4300 for our Evergreen Park office.