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In the 1500s, modern medicine was scarce when it came to helping people cope with crippling conditions like gout. The lavish King Henry VIII was famously stricken and suffered from this condition. Often pegged as the “Rich Man’s Disease,” it usually afflicted the wealthy who ate and drank too heavily. It has also been dubbed the “Disease of Kings.” However, it’s more than just a foot condition reserved for those who indulge in rich, expensive meals of meat and seafood. These days, anyone can experience the painful symptoms of this arthritic condition.

Toe Joint Pain That’s the Worst of the Worst

Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by too much uric acid in your blood. Usually your body gets rid of the acid, but if for some reason it doesn’t, or if you produce too much of this substance, you’re at risk for an attack. The excess acid forms into tiny crystals in your joints.

Most often, the attack comes at night without warning. In the foot, it impacts the joint at the base of your big toe. The intense pain suffered during a bout of gout is said to be the worst pain out of all types of arthritis. The pain in your joint may last 12 to 24 hours, with swelling, inflammation, and tenderness that continues for a few days or weeks. After the pain is gone, though, you might not have another attack for months or even years.

You Are What You Eat

Eating a diet that’s rich in purines, including meat, sauces, seafood, dried beans, and asparagus, can put you at risk for getting this type of painful arthritis. Hopefully you don’t eat a lot of brains, anchovies, or sardines, either. In that case, you might have gout—and bad breath. However, that’s only touching the surface as to what can cause a crippling attack.

Your risk runs in the family, since the condition is genetic. Males are more susceptible than females, with adults experiencing the symptoms more than children. Being overweight can also put stress on your body and uric acid production. You can also experience symptoms if you have high blood pressure, psoriasis, cancer, or are taking medications like diuretics or aspirin. Exposure to lead in the environment has also been known to cause it.

Treatment Fit for a King at Foot Doctor of the East Bay

King Henry VIII probably had more help than others when it came to treating his arthritis attacks. These days, you don’t need to be a king to get treatment. It’s actually vital to see a doctor for your attack, since neglected treatment for this condition can lead to joint damage.

At the Foot Doctor of the East Bay, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, may recommend that you take an oral anti-inflammatory medication to avoid pain and future attacks. This will reduce the inflammation surrounding the joint. We may also consult with you about further ways to prevent the arthritis, including losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, drinking more water, and limiting meat intake. 

Get gout treatment fit for a king. Call our office in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684, and Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767. Foot Doctor of the East Bay is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

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