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The Relationship Between Gout and Alcohol

Gout is one of the many conditions that impacts the joints of the body. Specifically, when there is an excess of uric acid in the body, gout occurs commonly in the joint of the big toe. If an individual has gout, they may feel intense pain in the joints during what is known as “gout attacks.” Swelling and sensations of warmness may occur. Gout has an interesting relationship with alcohol that anyone who is serious about maintaining the health of their feet ought to be aware of. Consuming large quantities of alcohol can increase the risk of developing or aggravating gout in some individuals. This is because alcohol is a substance that contains many purines, and when the human body processes purines, uric acid is ultimately released. Uric acid, of course, causes gout. It is important to note that consuming beer, as opposed to hard liquor, makes one more susceptible to increasing the risk of developing gout. Additionally, men can be even more prone to developing gout from alcohol than women. If you are drinking more than twelve drinks of alcohol in any given week, then you may be putting yourself at risk of a gout attack in your feet. You might want to contact a podiatrist who will be able to help you treat or mitigate any problems related to gout. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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