Gout commonly affects the joints at the base of the big toe, other foot joints, knees, ankles, wrists, and fingers. The slightest touch may prove to be unbearably painful during an attack of gout. Gout is marked by swelling, inflammation and excruciating tenderness in the joints. Gout is an actual type of arthritis that is caused by an inherited defect in the kidney’s ability to excrete uric acid.
Uric acid is the waste product of protein metabolism. When uric acid deposits accumulate in the fluid that surrounds your joints, the body’s immune system attempts to eliminate these crystals through the process of inflammation. This however, leads to attacks of intense pain that can continue for days or even weeks if left untreated. Over time, uric acid crystals accumulate in the form of lumpy deposits under the skin of the ears, elbows and near the affected joints. These attacks are sudden and unpredictable.
Risk factors include: excessive alcohol use, pre-existing medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and hyperlidiemia, a family history of gout, men and menopausal women.
Gout can be easily managed on a properly prescribed treatment plan which includes several diet and lifestyle changes including: healthy weight loss, limiting food high in purines, increasing liquid intake and consuming fish rich in omega-3s. More about homoepathy…