Gout is a form of arthritis that affects the feet. It often comes with excruciating pain. All this time, people are aware that dietary factors like red meat and alcohol can trigger gout pain. However, there are other non-foot items that can also cause this painful condition, which you have to know about if you or someone close to you is suffering from this ailment.
Think twice the next time you reach for an aspirin. This medication can shoot up the amount of uric acid in your bloodstream. As you know, uric acid at high levels are deposited into the joints, particularly in the big toe and finger to form crystals that trigger gout. It would be best to go for low-dose aspirin or other pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).
Diuretics flush out water and salt from the body. They are designed to help reduce blood pressure among people with hypertension. However, they block the excretion of uric acid from the kidneys. Talk to your doctor about switching to a different blood pressure medication. Your doctor may possibly recommend combining diuretics with medications that inhibit the body’s production of uric acid. Some examples are allopurinol (Lopurin) and febuxostat (Uloric).
Even mild dehydration is bad for the body. When you are dehydrated, this can increase the uric acid concentration in the blood and increase risk of a gout attack. Make it a habit to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Other fluids like juice and milk can count too. But don’t rely on alcohol, coffee or cola, which are all diuretics that can cause dehydration.
Staying away from foods that are bad for gout such as red meat and sugar items can help reduce gout pain but usually, this is not enough. According to experts, excess weight can stimulate the body to produce more uric acid and at the same time, block its excretion. With this said, it is imperative to maintain healthy weight to keep uric acid at low levels.
After learning how extra weight can be detrimental to your condition, you might be on your way to starving yourself. Don’t be too keen about that. Crash dieting would only worsen gout because it increases the level of ketones in the body, which competes with the uric acid for excretion. Maintain healthy weight by implementing a nutritionally balanced diet rich in fiber and low in fat, sugar, and salt.
Not surprisingly, uncomfortable shoes can also pose trouble for anyone with gout. Although there haven’t been too many studies that have examined the effect of footwear on this condition, many experts advise gout patients to stay away from shoes that hurt your feet. Even if you don’t have gout yet but you’re predisposed to the condition having family history of gout or having high levels of uric acid in the blood, you must make it a point to wear comfortable shoes. Women should avoid wearing high heels particularly stilettos that put pressure.