Gout: Arthritis Affected by Dietary Choices

Living in Houston has so many benefits that sometimes it can be hard to keep track of them all! One we hope you take advantage of is the wide selection of healthy dining options in our city. Whether you order the Lebanese chicken fattoush salad at Barnaby’s, any of Beck’s Prime’s “burger in a bowl” selections, or the vegan fare from Café TH, you can feel good not only enjoying delicious cuisine, but also providing essential nourishment for your body!

There are many benefits for adhering to a healthy diet, including weight maintenance, greater energy, lower blood pressure, and healthy body tissues. Well, we have one more to add to the list that many people don’t think about – managing and preventing gout.

Gout is an arthritic condition caused by a process the body uses to break down food. During the breakdown cycle, uric acid is released as a byproduct. This is completely normal, but when excessive amounts are produced, or the body is unable to release the uric acid through urination, it settles into joints, builds up, and crystallizes over time. Uric crystals often have sharp points that can irritate soft tissues surrounding joints.

The uric acid buildup and crystallization can happen in many different joints, but it commonly occurs in the one found at the base of the big toe.

Dietary choices play a big role with this condition, because some foods lead to the production of greater quantities of uric acid than others. These include alcohols, sweetened beverages, organ meats, red meat, seafood, and refined carbohydrates. Avoiding, or at least limiting, these foods and beverages will help reduce your risk of gout flares. Consider replacing them with tea, whole grains, low-fat dairy, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

If you experience intense pain from gout attacks, come see us and find out how we can help you manage the condition. Gout treatment is one of the many services we provide at Houston Foot Specialists to keep your lower limbs healthy and pain-free! Contact our Houston, TX office at (713) 467-8886 for more information or request an appointment online so we can provide the effective care you need.

Categories: Arthritis