Gout is an arthritic condition that causes terrible foot pain, making daily activities cumbersome. Gout is caused when an abnormally high amount of uric acid accumulates and forms sodium urate crystals. This affects joints in the body and causes a form of arthritis. The most common place for gout is in the foot, at the first MTP joint (joint between the ball and big toe). When gout hits this joint, a flare-up of pain accompanies for three to ten days, and there is a high probability for future attacks. Fortunately, there are several cures that work equally well for gout and foot pain.
Consult a physician to have gout properly diagnosed. Other types of joint inflammations can present themselves like gout. Once properly diagnosed, an effective treatment plan can be followed to assure a rapid recovery.
Limit the intake of high-purine foods. Purines are natural materials found in all foods; however, some foods have higher purine contents than others. Purines metabolize to form uric acid which causes gout.
Wear a stiff-soled shoe to reduce joint stress in the foot. Soft-soled shoes bend too easily and cause stress in the foot’s joints; wearing these shoes should be avoided. An orthotic placed in the shoe can further support the joins where gout or foot pain exists.
Maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Cherries and strawberries are popular remedies for gout. Be aware that although this remedy has been proven in some instances, studies are non-conclusive
Reduce the inflamed joint by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Although some medications like NSAIDs can be taken to reduce uric acid levels, you should not start or stop taking preventative gout medications like Allopurinol and Probenecid during a gout flare-up.