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Foods That Can Trigger Gout

Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, is often triggered by certain foods high in purines, which are natural compounds found in various food sources. Purines break down into uric acid in the body. When uric acid levels become elevated, it can lead to the formation of urate crystals in the joints, like the big toe, and cause gout flare-ups. Foods rich in purines include red meat, organ meats like liver and kidneys, shellfish, and certain types of fish like anchovies and sardines. Additionally, alcohol, particularly beer and liquor, can increase uric acid levels and trigger gout attacks. Sugary beverages and foods high in fructose can also contribute to gout symptoms. Limiting consumption of these purine-rich foods and beverages, and focusing on a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, can help manage gout symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare-ups. If you have gout attacks in your big toe, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition, which may include effective nutritional recommendations.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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