Got Gout? SuperBowl Playoff Games trigger painful toes in Michigan

 Got gout? Superbowl Game triggers painful toes in Tri-County Michigan

(Troy, MI) Got gout? If so, a Tri-County Michigan foot and ankle surgeon has a recommendation for surviving the SuperBowl Football Weekend: Watch what you eat and drink.

Changes in diet, including overindulging in certain foods and beverages, can cause gout attacks this time of year, says Anthony Weinert, DPM, FACFAS. Dr. Weinert is a board certified foot and ankle surgeion and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) with offices in both Warren and Troy.

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. Weinert explains this is because the toe is the coolest part of the body and uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes.

He says foods that are high in purines contribute to uric acid build-up. He recommends 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 medications, diet changes, increasing consumption of appropriate fluids, and immobilizing the foot. In some cases surgery is required to remove the uric acid crystals and repair the joint. For more information on gout, visit the ACFAS consumer Web site, FootHealthFacts.org, or contact Weinert’s Warren office at 586-751-3338 or his Troy office at 248-362-3338. In addition you can visit Dr. Weinert on his office website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com

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