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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 13, 2014
Category: Gout

Effect of Gout on FeetSan Leandro offers a slew of local restaurants: Porky’s Pizza Palace offers hand-tossed varieties, Boulevard Burger serves grass-fed gourmet burgers, and Sweet Fingers has an authentic jerk chicken that will make you feel like you’re in Jamaica. If you’re looking to avoid gout when you’re eating out, make sure to go through our checklist below before you read the menu.

Gout is linked to diet. The more meat, seafood, and alcohol you consume, the more at risk you are for getting gout. These foods are all high in purines, which your body breaks down into uric acid. When you have too much uric acid in your blood, either because you’ve eaten too many high-purine foods or your body isn’t processing them properly, the extra acid forms crystals around your joints. In your foot, these are most commonly found in the joint at the base of your big toe.

This acid can catalyze into a sudden, severely painful, debilitating gout attack that can last for days, weeks, and even months. It’s important to control your diet to prevent these attacks or lessen the symptoms when one strikes.

  • Hold the anchovies on that pizza! Herring, mackerel, and anchovies are foods high in purine.
  • Organ meats, kidneys, and liver shouldn’t be consumed either.
  • Be cautious around seafood like scallops and salmon.
  • Beef, pork, or lamb can be eaten on special occasions. Just know that they’re linked to an increased risk of gout.
  • When you’re ordering drinks, limit your alcohol intake, especially beer, which has been linked to gout attacks. Sugary drinks like soda and juice might also heighten your risk.

A moderately sized burger with a big piece of green lettuce and red tomato on it would be a good compromise when eating out. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are OK on your plate. You may never have to deal with gout at all if you keep that up!

When you need more help to avoid gout, call Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767, and Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684.

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