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Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

Do’s and Don’ts for Avoiding Gout
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Do’s and Don’ts for Avoiding Gout | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Thanksgiving is the official kick off of the holiday season and that means lots of celebrating with rich meals and festive food and drink. In addition to a few unwanted pounds, at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we see holiday eating triggering a painful condition known as gout. Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when the body fails to eliminate uric acid properly and the excess acid crystallizes in and around a joint, causing extreme pain and inflammation. The joint most frequently affected is the big toe joint. Uric acid is produced as the body breaks down purine, a chemical that is naturally found in your body but is also present in certain foods. One major way to help control gout is through diet. Below are some ways to navigate holiday menus to prevent gout:

Do: avoid red meat, organ meats and shellfish

Don’t: overdo the alcohol. Beer and red wine in particular are known to be high in purine. Distilled liquors are also thought to play a role. If you do drink, limit the amount of alcohol you consume.

Do: be aware of purine in unexpected places. Refined carbohydrates, like those found in white flour for example, may be part of the turkey stuffing; the same goes for processed snack foods like chips.

Do: increase the amount of water you drink. Upping your water consumption has been correlated to a reduction in gout attacks.

Don’t: eat a lot of saturated fats. Fatty poultry (i.e., turkey skin), high fat dairy products and rich sauces can increase the incidence of gout.

Do: try to keep your overall calorie count in check. Not only does being overweight increase the risk of gout, it also puts additional strain on the joints of your feet.

If you believe you are suffering from an attack of gout, contact our Aberdeen office at: 732-566-2841. Our podiatrists Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel, will determine the cause of your pain and prescribe the correct treatment to bring relief.

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