Gout Attacks Can Be Prevented and Minimized

Have you been diagnosed with gout? Gout is an illness in which uric acid builds up in the body. Crystals then float through the bloodstream, settling in the joints and causing painful gout attacks. The joint of the big toe is particularly vulnerable.

Gout is incurable, but there are steps that you can take to minimize the severity, frequency, and duration of gout attacks:

  1. Gout was once known as the “disease of kings” because attacks are triggered by lifestyle choices that were once available to the wealthy and powerful. In the 21st century, anyone can make these mistakes. Avoid rich meals laden with high-fat protein sources like red meat, shellfish, and creamy sauces. Overindulgence in alcohol can also be problematic, especially beer.
  2. Excess weight and obesity can trigger gout attacks. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins from poultry and fish. Exercise regularly. Remember: a walk around the block is a great way to improve cardiovascular health and keep feet and legs flexible!
  3. If you use tobacco, please quit or cut down today. Smoking is directly related to numerous health conditions, including gout attacks.
  4. See your foot doctor for regular care and take any medication as A board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is the best-qualified medical professional to help you manage gout, or any other illness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs.

If you are worried about gout, or if you have any other concerns related to your podiatric help, call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in our modern, comfortable Chicago office. Dr. Alexopoulos will conduct a thorough examination resulting in an accurate and specific diagnosis, then work with you to create an individualized and effective plan for treatment and ongoing care if necessary. We look forward to meeting you.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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