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By contactus
January 17, 2011
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Recent gout attacks been keeping you down? If so, you aren't alone! The holiday season is a prime instigator of gout attacks.
Changes in diet, including overindulging in certain foods and beverages, can cause gout attacks this time of year. Gout attacks are extremely painful. They are caused when uric acid accumulates in the tissues or a joint and crystallizes. This most commonly occurs in the big toe joint. One reason for this is because the toe is one of the coolest parts of the body and uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes.
Foods that are high in purines contribute to uric acid build-up. People prone to gout attacks should avoid purine-rich items such as shellfish (shrimp, crab, etc.), organ meats (kidney, liver, etc.), red meat, red wine and beer.
Gout can be treated with medications, diet changes, increasing consumption of appropriate fluids, and immobilizing the foot. In some cases surgery is required to remove the uric acid crystals and repair the joint. For more information on gout, visit the ACFAS consumer Web site, FootHealthFacts.org, or contact our office today to schedule and appointment.

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