Gout is often a form of rheumatic illness brought on by too much uric acid at the blood. The uric acid, which consistently dissolves in the blood, can form microscopic crystals in your joints. When gout strikes, it usually affects the big toe. It can become red, hot, swollen, and very painful. Gout attacks usually develop over a few hours.
How to Treat Gout in Your Feet
- Avoid Purines - Avoid foods that are high in purines, because a high purines count can cause uric acid. Foods that you should avoid include: game meats, organ meats, lentils, mackerel, squid and sardines.
- Drink Plenty of Water - Water helps eliminate waste and toxins, and is known to help reduce swelling caused by gout in your feet. Most doctors suggest that you drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
- Take NSAIDS - Your podiatrist might suggest that you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help relieve the swelling and pain caused by gout in your foot.
- Epsom Salt - Soaking your foot for 20-30 minutes in very warm water is a way to help relieve some of the pain and swelling caused by gout in your feet.
- Elevation - Try elevating your foot when you are sitting or lying down. Your foot should ideally be kept higher than your heart.
- Fresh Fruits - Eating fresh fruits is a great natural way to lessen the pain caused by gout. Fresh cherries and strawberries are known to be the best.
- Visit Your Podiatrist at InMotion foot and ankle specialists- As with any foot related problems, it's best to see a podiatrist to get to the bottom of the problem.
If you have any of the symptoms of gout in your feet, contact Talus InMotion Foot & Ankle today. What you think might be a minor foot pain, could actually be something more severe.