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Avoiding Gout in the Holiday Season


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12/1/2015
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No matter which of the holidays you are celebrating this time of year—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, or Festivus (for the rest of us!)—there is a good chance that you will be enjoying delicious food with friends and loved ones at some point. This may also be a part of attending some of the seasonal activities here in Dallas, TX, such as catching the Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol performance, going to the Holiday at the Arboretum, or getting portraits with Santa at NorthPark Center.

Holiday Food

Common worries with holiday eating are an expanding waistline and frightening scale readings. Those who suffer from gout, though, have their own concerns. A look at this arthritic condition will help you understand why this is the case, and what can be done to keep issues at bay.

This form of arthritis develops when excessive uric acid in the blood stream accumulates around joints and crystalizes. This leads to swelling, stiffness, and painful flare-ups that can strike at any time, but especially at night. Other joints can be impacted, but most often it is the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) where the big toe connects to the foot.

Since certain foods can trigger an attack, your key for avoiding one during the holiday season (or any time of the year) is careful diet management. This means taking steps like:

  • Eating fewer highly-processed carbohydrates. This is simply good advice regardless of your health goals, but avoid consuming candy, cakes, sugar-sweetened beverages, products with high-fructose corn syrup, and white breads.
  • Drinking more water. Staying properly hydrated is a great way to prevent a gouty flare-up, but will also provide an array of benefits for your overall levels of fitness. Drinking 8-16 8 oz. glasses of water daily will help flush out excessive uric acid.
  • Limit daily protein intake. Stick to lean poultry, fish, and meats, and restrict levels to 4-6 ounces daily.

Dallas Podiatry Works provides accurate diagnoses and effective treatment for a wide array of foot and ankle issues, including arthritic conditions like gout, so contact us today. You can schedule your appointment at either our Plano or Dallas, TX offices online or give us a toll-free call at (888) 716-5283 and our friendly staff will be glad to help you.

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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