Getting together with family for food is one of the great pleasures of the holiday season. Although this is fun, it is important to limit the consumption of certain foods to avoid gout attacks. This is especially important if your family has a history of gout.
Gout is a form of arthritis that is well known for its sudden, painful attacks in the big toe joint. Gouty arthritis will often appear with a swollen, red big toe. Some people are able to anticipate a gout attack, but many others will wake up in the middle of the night surprised by the pain. Unfortunately, you cannot do anything for the pain once the attack has started. Pain killers will help to temporarily stop the pain, but prescription medication will be needed for long- term treatment.
To avoid Gout attacks, you should not eat foods that have a high amount of purines. Avoid eating red meat, herring, beer, and turkey. When you encounter these kinds of foods, your body will break down the purines into uric acid. If there is a surplus of uric acid, it will gather as crystal-like formations in the tissues of the big toe.
Many people do not have to worry about gouty arthritis, but those who have family members with gout should eat with caution. If you, or a family member, have experienced a painful attack in the big toe, come in and visit one of our offices to see if gout is the cause. You can request an appointment at our Hamden office by calling (203)288-4055, or you can contact our Milford office by calling (203) 876-7736. You may also visit our website and request an appointment online.