Holiday Season May Trigger Painful Toe Joints
Got gout? If so, I have a recommendation for surviving the holidays: Watch what you eat and drink.Changes in diet, including overindulging in certain foods and beverages, can cause gout attacks this time of year.
Gout attacks are extremely painful. They are caused when uric acid accumulates in the tissues or a joint and crystallizes. This most commonly occurs in the big toe joint. This is because the toe is the coolest part of the body and uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes.
Foods that are high in purines contribute to uric acid build-up. I recommend that people prone to gout attacks avoid purine-rich items such as shellfish (shrimp, crab, etc.), organ meats (kidney, liver, etc.), red meat, red wine and beer.
Gout can be treated with oral medications, diet changes, increasing consumption of appropriate fluids, cortisone injections, and immobilizing the foot. In some cases surgery is required to remove the uric acid crystals and repair the joint.