Monday, 21 September 2015 11:50

New Zealand Study Finds Tomatoes Trigger Gout

toenail fungus7According to a research conducted in New Zealand, where there is the most gout cases compared to anywhere else in the world, tomatoes may trigger gout attacks. In a survey consisting of 2,051 New Zealand citizens it was noted that tomatoes along with seafood, alcohol, and red meat are consistent triggers of gout. N. Lawrence Edwards, MD who was not directly involved with the research states that although this knowledge helps gout sufferers control their attacks, food is just one factor in gout management. “People can’t go on a restrictive enough diet so that their uric acid will be lowered to the point that they’re not at risk for gout flares,” he mentions.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Rhonda L. Nelson from The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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