For those of us who live with gout, we are familiar with the pain and discomfort that comes with a gout flare-up. This rings true for the times when we have to carry on through our daily activities, even amid a flare-up, and how much more difficult everyday tasks can be because of gout. As a disease, gout develops when a toxic level of uric acid builds up in our bloodstream. This buildup leads to the formation of uric acid crystals found most often within the joints in our bodies. Flare-ups from gout can be debilitatingly painful due to these crystals – they are sharp and abrasive against the sensitive tissues, tendons, and nerves surrounding the joints of our bones. As a result, this triggers inflammation, which can lead to even more discomfort and foot problems.
Because gout often accompanies other conditions like diabetes and arthritis, all of which commonly affect our feet and ankles, it’s especially important to keep a skilled podiatrist like our foot doctors on hand to manage your care. Along with other forms of medical management with your primary doctor and Dr. Scott E. Hughes, Dr. Greg P. Vogt, or Dr. Christine I. Tumele as your podiatrist, there are ways you can get on top of managing your gout in your everyday life. When you’re not experiencing a flare-up, staying healthy and active is important. We’re not talking triathlons here…even just a half an hour per day of low-impact stretches and exercise can help relieve your gout-related symptoms and reduce the pain and discomfort associated with gout.
Here are some easy but fun ways to stay active and off the sidelines to help reduce your gout-related foot and ankle pain:
- Using a stationary bike
- Practicing gentle yoga
- Going for long walks
- Doing foot and ankle stretches
- Going for a dip and swimming
If you’re currently experiencing a flare-up or any of these activities are still too uncomfortable to perform, bring it up with our doctors at Foot & Ankle Specialists P.C. Slow and steady wins when it comes to gout! Call us today to schedule an appointment in Monroe, Michigan (734-241-0200) or Lambertville, Michigan (734-856-8900).