Treat Gout Yourself with Dietary-Based Regimen
posted: Feb 03, 2014.
More than 8 million Americans may be dealing with gout, a type of arthritis that causes acute pain in the feet and toes. Fortunately, Tracy Woolrich of Emax Health believes there are other ways to treat gout than just by going to the doctor. Woolrich suggests a variety of home remedies, such as eating certain foods, to combat this disease.
One recommendation she has, is to eat a lot of apples and bananas. Apples neutralize the uric acid in the body, and bananas liquefy it and flush it out. This is essential, as uric acid is the main cause of gout. Woolrich also prescribes herbs, topical applications, and plenty of Vitamin C. She confesses that her home cures may not be effective for everyone, although she firmly believes that they work. If gout gets too severe, she acknowledges professional medical help would be necessary.
Gout can be avoided by maintaining a proper diet. For more information, talk to chiropodist Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinics. Marz Hardy will teach you about what kinds of food can cause gout and suggest treatment options if you are afflicted with the disease.
What is gout?
Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.
Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, 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. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.
Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
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