Often we associate arthritis with older patients who have lived an active lifestyle. Gout on the other hand, can affect anyone. Gout is a common form of arthritis that is known for its sudden attacks of pain and joint tenderness. Joints that are affected by gout are often hot to the touch, swollen, and very tender. While symptoms are not chronic, it is important to take preventative measures to manage gout as its side effects can be debilitating and intolerable.
In addition to your treatment here at Foot and Ankle Solutions, we recommend the following preventative measures as a part of your at-home care:
- Stay hydrated. By drinking plenty of fluids and limiting sugary drinks, you can help prevent future gout attacks.
- Maintain a healthy weight as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Some types of alcohol are more likely to increase the likelihood of a gout attack.
- Consider adding low-fat dairy products to your diet. These foods are proven to help protect against gout and are great sources of protein.
Here at Foot and Ankle Solutions, our highly trained group of professionals is here to help treat your gout and keep you as pain-free as possible. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (817) 283-7288 (Bedford Office) or (972) 539-8488 (Flower Mound Office).