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Gout Forces Postman to Change his Lifestyle

Description: article-2273436-17597E2B000005DC-471_468x580.jpgPostman Neil Pert has suffered from gout for 12 years, and had to make one of several changes due to his condition.  Neil transferred to a desk job position since he couldn’t stand on his feet for longer than an hour. “I’m crippled by it, and had to have three months off of work because the pain was so excruciating.” The 44-year-old states his foot and ankles get receive the greatest amount of pain during his attacks, and can’t bear any weight on them.

Although many cases of gout are rare, according to the DailyMail doctors say they are seeing an increase in numbers of patients with extreme gout and joint damage. Gout risk factors include obesity and heavy alcohol consumption, since the extra pressure of weight plays a role on joints and chemical changes in the body. Doctors urged Neil to make changes his lifestyle. Since then he lost 84 lbs, and minimized alcohol consumption making his severe gout attacks less frequent.

If you think you may be suffering from gout you should seek out the care of a chiropodist such as Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. Dr. Hardy can diagnose any foot conditions or injuries you may have as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

Systemic Disease of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

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