Yes, what you eat plays a key role in how gout affects your body. This arthritic condition is a metabolic disorder that ultimately impacts your joints, but especially the one at the base of your big toe.
The pain felt in your joint(s) is caused by crystals that have developed from uric acid. This acid is a byproduct from your body breaking down a naturally-occurring chemical found in certain foods known as purine.
Given the relationship between food and gout, it is beneficial to know which foods to eat and which to avoid. From an overall perspective, sticking to a diet of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and limited quantities of lean meats will help.
Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can help you by providing treatment and recommending an appropriate diet for gout that will decrease the risk of attacks. We can also prescribe medications or injections that relieve pain and decrease levels of inflammation or swelling. If this condition is affecting you, call our Austin, TX office at (512) 328-8900 or use our online form and schedule your appointment with us today.