Gout symptoms and flare-ups in your feet are affected by your diet. This type of arthritis develops when uric acid crystals build up in your joints. Uric acid—and the crystals it creates—forms when your body breaks down purines in food. These purines are a protein that can be found in many different foods, particularly in animal-based products. Red meat, some poultry, and certain fish tend to be high in purines. Fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, stimulates uric acid production as well. Other foods, like saturated fats and alcohol, can inhibit your body’s ability to eliminate excess uric acid and thus trigger a gout attack.
Adjusting your diet with these things in mind can make a significant difference for your condition. Don’t wait until you’re in intense pain to seek help for your arthritis. Let Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Connecticut help you before pain starts and find a diet that works. Use the website request page, or call (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office and (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location to make an appointment with us.