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Foods to Be Mindful of That Can Trigger Gout

Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis that often affects the big toe, can be triggered by certain foods high in purines, compounds that break down into uric acid. Uric acid buildup can lead to the formation of painful urate crystals in the joints, commonly affecting the big toe. To manage gout effectively, it is essential to be mindful of foods that can exacerbate symptoms. These can include foods rich in purines such as red meat, organ meats like liver and kidneys, shellfish, anchovies, and sardines. Additionally, high-fructose corn syrup found in sweetened beverages and foods can increase uric acid levels, as can alcohol consumption, particularly beer and spirits. Processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugary snacks should also be limited. Instead, focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. By avoiding or moderating the consumption of gout-triggering foods and prioritizing a healthy lifestyle, individuals can better manage their condition and reduce the frequency and severity of gout attacks. If you have had one or more gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition, which often includes effective preventative methods.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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