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What foods cause gout attacks?
Foods that are high in purines, which are a type of protein, can contribute to gout flare-ups. Part of gout prevention is limiting or entirely avoiding these high-risk foods. Meat tends to be very high in purines. Red and organ meats are some of the worst for gout. Certain types of seafood, like anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, haddock, mackerel, and tuna, have high purine levels and should be avoided as well. Even some poultry, especially goose, should be keep to an absolute minimum. Beer and other types of alcohol may trigger a gout attack, so they are best avoided. A few types of vegetables have a degree of risk as well—cauliflower, lentils, green peas, mushrooms, and spinach in particular. However, in moderate quantities, these vegetables are usually fine.
Instead, eat more complex carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Vitamin C and cherries appear to have positive effects that reduce your risk of gout, so consider adding them to your regular diet. Let Jeffrey A. Dunkerley, DPM at Martin Foot and Ankle help you manage your gout and avoid a flare-up. Call (717) 757-3537 to make an appointment at our Pennsylvania offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA.
Can physical therapy relieve arthritis pain?
Physical therapy can be a huge benefit for people struggling with arthritis pain. Arthritis makes moving and using your joints painful and difficult, which can limit your mobility and stiffen your limbs. Physical therapy can help you regain some flexibility and range of motion, as well as preserve your strength so your joints last longer. All of this can help alleviate and slow arthritis pain. In the long run, this can prevent deformities and permanent loss of motion in your joints.
The sooner you start physical therapy, the more likely it will benefit you. Early on it can be helpful for reducing inflammation symptoms and swelling. Don’t wait until the pain is already a serious problem to seek help. Let the Martin Foot and Ankle team help you get the right therapy for your unique discomfort. Make an appointment at our York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA, offices today to deal with your foot pain. Call (717) 757-3537 or use our website to reach us.